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June Third Thursday: “Writing About the Body”

June 17, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

We all have bodies that allow us to experience the world around us in unique, but ultimately human ways. Writer Lidia Yuknavitch says that “we are all walking around carrying every experience we have ever had written on our bodies. Our physical bodies.” And this very truth speaks to the importance of listening to our bodies and paying attention to what they’re telling us when we’re getting ready to write about our experiences in the world. Fiction or not, we speak from the vantage point of our bodies or our character’s bodies because the body is the carrier of our experiences, our stories.

Join us in June for a conversation on writing and the body. We’ll explore the ways that we might write from our bodies, about our bodies, and for our bodies.

The conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.

RSVP to receive the link. We hope to see you there!

Buy our panelists books and support indie bookstores! You can find our June Third Thursday book list here.

Featured Presenter(s)

Cameron Dezen Hammon headshotCameron Dezen Hammon is the author of This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession (Lookout Books), the Nonfiction Discovery Prize Winner for the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards. This Is My Body also earned a bronze medal in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in Creative Nonfiction, was named a finalist for the 2019 Foreword INDIE Book of the Year Award in Autobiography and Memoir, one of five great indie press books from 2019, Book Riot, one of the Rumpus’s best books of 2019, and recommended by Brené Brown in her 2019 roundup of Fall Book Love. Kirkus called This Is My Body "a generous and unflinchingly brave memoir about faith, feminism, and freedom.” Since earning her MFA from Seattle Pacific University, Cameron has taught or lectured on creative writing at Writers in the Schools Houston, InPrint Houston, Hugo House, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke Divinity, and Lone Star College, Kingwood. She is at work on an essay collection about complicated love. *Author Photo by Anna Sneed
Natalie Lima is a Cuban-Puerto Rican writer, raised in Las Vegas, NV and Hialeah, FL. She is a first-generation college graduate of Northwestern University and a graduate of the MFA program in creative nonfiction writing at the University of Arizona. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Brevity, The Offing, Catapult, Sex and the Single Woman (Harper Perennial, 2022), Body Language (Catapult, 2022), and elsewhere. Lima’s writing has been honored in Best Small Fictions (2020), and noted twice in Best American Essays (2019 and 2020). Her work has received support from PEN America Emerging Voices, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Tin House, the VONA/Voices Workshop, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and the Hedgebrook Writers’ Residency. In fall of 2022, Lima will join the creative writing faculty at Butler University as Assistant Professor in the Department of English. She is currently working on a memoir and an essay collection.
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known, writer, director, performer, critic and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, TX. Her memoir, Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth, publishes in March 2023 from Henry Holt & Company. She is also the author of the 2019 poetry collection Newsworthy, which was a finalist for the The Writer's League of Texas Book Award and Honorable Mention in the Summerlee Book Prize. Her poems have garnered her a Pushcart nomination and been translated into multiple languages. She has been a contributing writer for GlamourTexas MonthlyMuzzle, and ESPN's The Undefeated. Her work ranges from writing stageplays and librettos for operas such as Marian's Song to storytelling through film. She currently resides in Houston, TX.
Lisa Olstein HeadshotLisa Olstein is the author of five poetry collections published by Copper Canyon Press: Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (2006), Lost Alphabet (2009), Little Stranger (2013), Late Empire (2017), and Dream Apartment (2023). She has also published two books of nonfiction: Pain Studies (Bellevue Literary Press, 2020), a book-length lyric essay on the intersection of pain, perception, and language; and Climate (Essay Press, 2022), an exchange of epistolary essays co-written with Julie Carr. Olstein’s honors include a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, Lannan Writing Residency, Hayden Carruth Award, Writers League of Texas Discovery Book Award, and Sustainable Arts Foundation award. She is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches in the New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers MFA programs. She is also the lyricist for the rock band Cold Satellite and curates an interview series with poets about their new books for Tupelo Quarterly.


June 17, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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