Storyfort 2020 will inspire you with a variety of writers, poets, and storytellers.
Authors that will be attending Storyfort 2020 include poet + cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, novelist + short story writer Lydia Fitzpatrick, novelist + journalist Julia Claiborne Johnson, poet Eloisa Amezcua, novelist + short story writer Jennifer Haigh, poet + spoken word artist Olivia Gatwood, novelist Brandon Hobson, poet Andrea Gibson, musician and author Michelle Zauner, and queer poet + podcaster Fran Tirado.
Storyfort is all ages and open to the public. There are Storyfort events every day of Treefort 2020 (March 25th-29th).
Read all about this year’s writers below.
( columbus, ohio )
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. He released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with University of Texas press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times Bestseller, and was met with critical acclaim. His second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, is being released by Tin House Books in September 2019.
( los angeles, california )
Lydia Fitzpatrick’s work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, One Story, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant.
She graduated from Princeton University and received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. Lights All Night Long (Penguin Press) is her first novel, and is a Winter/Spring 2019 Indies Introduce selection and an April Indie Next List pick from American Booksellers Association.
JULIA CLAIBORNE JOHNSON
( los angeles, california )
Julia Claiborne Johnson grew up on a farm in Tennessee, lived and wrote for magazines in New York City for many years and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Her first novel, Be Frank with Me, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, as well as one of six finalists chosen by the American Booksellers Association for Best Debut of 2016, and was recently a #1 bestseller in Humorous Literary Fiction on Amazon. Be Frank also won an Audie Award for Best Female Narrator from the American Audio Publishers Association.
She has just finished her second novel. Even so, none of this seems very real to her.
( columbus, ohio )
Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón.
A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published in New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others.
Eloisa’s second collection of poems, Fighting Is Like a Wife, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. She is the founder of Costura Creative and lives in Columbus, OH.
( boston, massachussetts )
Jennifer Haigh’s novel Heat and Light won a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NPR.
Previous books include Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the story collection News From Heaven, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction. Her short fiction was first published in The Idaho Review and has since appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories and many other places.
( santa cruz, california )
Olivia Gatwood has received international recognition for her poetry, performances, and work as an educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. As a spoken word poet, performer and educator, Olivia’s work has lived on a myriad of stages—first poetry slams, then YouTube videos, then lecture halls, bookstores and now, music venues. In her first, full-length collection of poems, LIFE OF THE PARTY, she confronts what it means to be a woman in a society obsessed with women’s death.
She is the author of the poetry chapbook New American Best Friend and has had her work featured on MTV, HBO, and the BBC, among others. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Muzzle, Winter Tangerine, Poetry City, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Missouri Review. She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
( las cruces, new mexico )
Brandon Hobson is the author of, most recently, Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and Winner of the Reading the West Award. His writing has received a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such places as The Believer, Conjunctions, NOON, Publisher’s Weekly, and elsewhere. Ecco/Harpercollins will publish his new novel next year.
He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New Mexico State University and also teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hobson is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.
( philadelphia, pennsylvania )
Much of 2018 saw Michelle Zauner on the road, further honing her live show and performing for massive audiences. All the while, she kept busy — not only as Japanese Breakfast, but as Michelle Zauner: video game composer, prolific music video director, and author.
Between tours, studio sessions, and video shoots, Zauner has long been working on a memoir of her early childhood, time spent between the U.S. and South Korea, and the split heritage that has shaped so much of her life. An excerpt from that book, Crying in H-Mart, was published in The New Yorker at the end of 2018. A reflection on grief and a tribute to both biracial and immigrant families, Zauner’s essay is full of beautifully rendered, heartbreaking detail. The full book, also titled Crying in H-Mart, will be released via Knopf.
( boulder, colorado )
In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Andrea Gibson‘s newest literary triumph, Lord of the Butterflies, is a masterful showcase from the renowned poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. An artful and nuanced look at gender, romance, loss, and family, this is also a book of protest. While rioting against gun violence, homophobia, and white supremacy, Gibson celebrates gender expansion, queer love, and the will to stay alive. Each emotion in Lord of the Butterflies is deft and delicate, resting within imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.
Winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2008, Andrea Gibson remains one of the most captivating performers in the spoken word poetry scene today.
( los angeles, california )
Fran Tirado is a writer and speaker on all things queer. He’s also the host of Food 4 Thot and other queer podcasts, a strategist behind Pride campaigns, the former deputy editor at Out, and executive editor of Hello Mr. He currently makes queer shit happen at Netflix and is generally very loud on Twitter and Instagram.
Last year, Fran quit his full-time ad job to put full-time efforts into writing, editing, researching, documenting, convening, and uplifting the lives of queer people. Fran has been invited to speak at establishments like Juilliard, Harvard, Yale, Vassar, and for companies like Urban Outfitters, Buzzfeed, NYC Pride, Out in Tech, and Instagram. He is also hired to write, create content, and develop experiences for brands like Airbnb, Ace Hotel, Cadillac, Nike, The Standard, HBO, Banana Republic, Express, Sephora, Truth, Squarespace, Indigo Hotel Group, and The Jane Goodall Institute.