From fiction writers to memoirists and poets, Storyfort 2018 (March 21-25) Lineup for Treefort Music Fest has all your literary needs handled.
The full list of authors attending Storyfort 2018 is here! Get the scoop on these wonderful wordsmiths below.
Poet and activist Rachel McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed full-length volumes of poetry, Pink Elephant (Small Doggies Press) and Into the Dark & Emptying Field (Small Doggies Press) as well as the chapbook, MAMMOTH (Organic Weapon Arts.) Regarded as one of the most dynamic poetry readers in the country, McKibbens is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion.
McKibbens resides in upstate New York where she teaches poetry and co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night. She is currently working on a memoir about growing up as a child misogynist.
William Evans is a writer, speaker, performer and instructor from Columbus, OH. As the founder of the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam, William created one of the most reputable open mic and slam venues in the country. As an artist, William is one the most successful performance poets to come from Columbus and the state of Ohio as a whole. He has made three finals stages at the National level, most recently finishing fifth overall at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2011, he was a member of the first Columbus Team to make a Finals at the National Poetry. He has performed on eight Columbus National Teams while being an artist in residence for both the Columbus Wexner Center and Columbus City Schools beginning in 2012.
William is also the co-founder and editor-in- chief of BlackNerdProblems.com, a website focused on pop culture and diversity. Since its launch in 2014, Black Nerd Problems has become a premiere voice in the nerd and pop culture community by speaking on issues and viewpoints from marginalized communities. Appearing as a featured speaker at comic-con events, museums and creative initiatives, William has become one of the leading voices in diversification in media.
Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and Lawn Boy. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Salon. Sherman Alexie has called Evison the most honest white man alive.
Reports of William Ritter’s birthplace are unreliable and varied, placing his hometown either in a series of mysterious Catacombs in Malta or in a quiet town in Oregon. His parents, it can be confirmed, raised him to value intelligence, creativity, and individuality. When reading aloud, they always did the voices.
At the University of Oregon, William made questionable choices, including willfully selecting classes for the interesting stories they promised, rather than for any practical application. When he wasn’t frivolously playing with words, he earned credits in such meaningful courses as Trampoline, Juggling, and Seventeenth Century Italian Longsword. These dubious decisions notwithstanding, he regrets nothing and now holds degrees in English and education with certificates in creative writing and folklore.
He currently teaches high school language arts, including reading and writing, mythology and heroes. He is a proud husband and father. When reading aloud, he always does the voices.
New York Times bestselling Jackaby is his first novel. It was born in the middle of the night and written on two different hemispheres. It has survived typhoons and hurricanes and was fostered into publication through the patient care of many hands. Beastly Bones is his second novel.
Micki McElya received her B.A. in history from Bryn Mawr College in 1994 and a Ph.D. from New York University in 2003. Before joining the faculty of the University of Connecticut, she was an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Alabama (2003-2008).
McElya’s first book, Clinging to Mammy, won a 2007 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. She was named a “Top Young Historian” by the History News Network in 2008.
Micki will be speaking on the narratives of gender and sexuality in our world today at Storyfort. She will also be reading from her most recent book, The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, as well as for the Jefferson Davis Book Award from the American Civil War Museum. It was the winner of the inaugural Sharon Harris Book Prize from UConn’s Humanities Institute.
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories.
Vlautin will read his latest novel, Don’t Skip Out on Me, at Storyfort.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of National Bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader’s Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence (Routledge). Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice. A book based on her recent TED Talk, The Misfit’s Manifesto, was released in October 2017.
At Storyfort, Yucknavich will be reading from The Book of Joan, discussing the writing life, and how she shapes her art.
Jennif(f)er Tamayo is an author of a couple collections of poems and art work. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. From 2010-2015, JT has served as the Managing Editor for Futurepoem an independent NYC press publishing contemporary poetry and prose. She is a Canto Mundo Fellow and a Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics EmergeNYC Fellow (2016.) She currently lives and works in Sacramento, California.
Tamayo will be reading new work at Storyfort, as well as selected poetry from her books YOU DA ONE (Noemi 2017, Coconut 2014), Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011), and the limited edition chapbook POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013).
Natalie Eilbert is the author of Indictus, winner of Noemi Press’s 2016 Poetry Prize, slated for publication in early 2018. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Granta, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2016 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at University of Wisconsin–Madison and is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.
Gilbert will be bringing the good words from her debut collection, Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015), as well as some brand new work to the Storyfort stage.
Brandon Harris, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, has worked in the world of American independent film as a critic and programmer, producer and director, screenwriter and educator. His writings about cinema, politics, culture, and the intersections between them have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Guardian, VICE, Daily Beast, Variety, n+1, New Inquiry, Brooklyn Rail, In These Times, Hammer to Nail, and Filmmaker magazine, where he is a contributing editor.
Harris will be reading from his highly-praised memoir, Making Rent in Bed Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make it in New York City, at Storyfort.
Stewart O’Nan’s award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone. Granta named him one of America’s Best Young Novelists. He lives in Pittsburgh.
At Storyfort, O’nan will be reading and in conversation regarding his latest fiction, and elements of his most recent novel, City of Secrets.
Lauren Ober is the host of WAMU’s The Big Listen, the “broadcast about podcasts.” Before taking the helm of this program, she was an award-winning radio producer for WAMU’s weekly newsmagazine, Metro Connection. Ober’s stories have been heard on other public radio shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Here & Now, PRI’s The World and Latino USA, as well as podcasts like Criminal, 99% Invisible, Gravy and KCRW’s Unfictional. Ober previously served as producer of Orbital Path, a podcast from PRX about the cosmos and our place in it.
In 2015, Ober was a recipient of the French American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Russia to report on LGBT immigration. Currently, Ober is a board member of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, American University and the Transom Story Workshop. A proud Pittsburgh native, she has a deep and abiding love for pierogi.
Lauren Ober is this year’s Boise State Public Radio NPR headliner at Storyfort. Ober will be on the Storyfort stage discussing and presenting from The Big Listen, her broadcast on all things podcast.