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

Creative Writing: Playing for Time

Session Chair: 
Nancy Scott Hanway, Gustavus Adolphus College
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Executive Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Colin Thacher, Portland State University
    “How to Avoid Huge Ships,” a hybrid of prose and stanzaic poetry, explores the fluid and associative nature of memory as it relates both to the movement of time and to the movement of its narrator/speaker through time. The piece enacts its principal concerns through its syntax, its single sentence unfolding over the course of more than 1300 words, struggling--ultimately in vain--to resolve itself.
  2. Carol Samson, University of Denver
    A reading of  “Trudeth," my short story told in the present tense. Yet the narrator, Trudeth Clark, in a direct and simple-sentence style, makes a project of Time Past. She considers objects she must look at and memorize: art books, her mother’s face, instamatic cameras, horses, dogs and water. All become images & tools of Trudeth’s understanding of Mortal Time, all measure her longing, all evidence her constancy. She speaks what she sees. She traces. She records. She buries. She resurrects. She attends to, and tends, Time Passing.
  3. Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    I will read from two of my published collections as well as my new manuscript, discussing how my memories of a disturbing and largely lost Jewish family history are reconstructed in some of my poems, with homage to poets like Pastan, Ostriker, and Kunitz.
  4. Diana George, Brandeis
    I’ll read from my story "Wara Wara" (Conjunctions, Spring 2015). The decaptitated head of a guerillera enjoins its stump-body to take dictation. The post-mortem narrative instance leads to further play with time: what will have been written about the guerrilleras, after the corpse’s second death, by fire?
Session Cancelled: