I’m on a panel at Creative Nonfiction Week about telling live stories.
I’m part of Jill Talbot’s Moving Writers series, with photos of writers moving alongside words that have moved them.
2nd Story’s podcast of Channel B. Sound design by the Harold Washington Trio.
I just joined the line-up of the Cabinet of Wonders Midwest tour. I’ll be telling a story alongside all sorts of musicians, comedians, and writers including Wesley Stace, Todd Barry, Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford, John Roderick of The Long Winters, Sam and Archer of The Sea and Cake, and my friend Joe Meno. It will be crazy. I cannot even. Tickets are here:http://thecabinetofwonders.com/
Booklist’s review of Best American Essays 2013: “Strayed, whose best-selling memoir, Wild (2012) was the inaugural title for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, and whose popular “Dear Sugar” advice columns have been collected in Tiny Beautiful Things (2012), takes the helm of this vibrant annual. In her introduction, she attests to the power source of this flexible literary form: “Behind every good essay there’s an author with a savage desire to know more about what is already known.” Her 26 engrossing selections begin with Poe Ballantine’s knockout “Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel,” a tale about his struggles to get by in California during the 1987 stock market crash. In “The Exhibit Will Be So Marked,” Ander Monson comes to some surprising conclusions as he considers mixtapes versus mix CDs, the lives and deaths of trees, and the mysterious Paulding Light in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Charles Baxter recounts a harrowing limo accident, and Megan Stielstra evokes a blizzard of emotions in her distilled drama of postpartum depression. Also including essays by Alice Munro, Walter Kirn, Zadie Smith, and Dagoberto Gilb, Strayed does this sterling series proud.”
I did an interview with the Chicago Writers Conference.
I’ll be giving a workshop on writing and performance at the Northwestern University Writers Conference in August.