113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Creative Writing: Brief Prose Forms

Session Chair: 
Megan Spiegel, Western Washington University
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Salon II (ET)


  1. Raul Moreno, University of South Dakota
    In “Thanksgiving for Aurelia,” the writer confronts a question: What is the value of telling family stories? On a stormy night in November, after breaking open Dungeness crab hauled up from the depths, a farmer’s son reads his mother an essay in fragments that changes their relationship in ways they struggle to understand. Is it anger that drives these bottled-up sketches of the land they call "infinite variety"? Or something else entirely?
  2. Kaitlyn Teer, Western Washington University
    I will read a work of flash nonfiction and several prose poems which test the boundaries of form, the balance between narrative explicitness and poetic compression. "Falling" develops a scene while also suggesting cosmological implications through poetic compression. Prose poems from a series, "Taxonomies," enact the rhythm of cataloguing kinds of phenomena. "Ways of Breathing Underwater" makes meaning in the gaps between brief segments collaged together through associative leaps.
  3. Jacqueline Lyons, California Lutheran University
    This short essay follows the etymologies of several Latinate words--desire, error, alone, and abide--to explore associations of the words themselves, and states of being associated with the dissolution of a relationship.
Session Cancelled: