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Sunday, October 20 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BBF Unbound: Creature Feature

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From Aesop's fables to Odysseus’s dog Argos, from Wilbur the pig to Boxer the horse, animals have been a part of human tales (or should we say “tails”?) for as long as stories have existed. But how do we write the true stories of animals? What can we learn from reading nonfiction about non-human creatures? What does memoir and narrative nonfiction about animals, or that includes animals, teach us about the human experience? How can relationships with animals transcend human connection? How can the inclusion of animals in our stories further complicate our understanding of a character? And why write or read about animals at all? In this session, panelists Matthew Gilbert, Sangamithra Iyer, Jessie Male, and Grace Talusan, led by moderator E.B. Bartels, will discuss how and why they, and other writers, integrate animals into their nonfiction, spanning the range from works solely centered on the animal experience to animals as supporting characters in a memoir.

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E.B. Bartels

E.B. Bartels graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts with an MFA in creative nonfiction writing in 2014. Her essays have appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Toast, The Butter, Ploughshares online, and the anthology The Places We’ve... Read More →

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Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan is a memoirist, essayist, journalist, and author who teaches writing at Tufts University. Also a teacher at GrubStreet, Talusan has had work appear in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Rumpus. A graduate of Tufts University and... Read More →
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Jessie Male

Jessie Male is a PhD candidate in English and disability studies at the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on disability representation in contemporary memoir. Her work has been published in Guernica, Nerve, Refinery 29, Bustle, Palaver Journal, and other creative, academic... Read More →
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Matthew Gilbert

Matthew Gilbert is the TV critic at the Boston Globe. Before that, he covered books and movies for the Globe, as well as celebrity and author interviews. Gilbert and Globe colleague Sarah Rodman do a weekly show about TV called “We Like to Watch.” He has also written for Slate... Read More →
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Sangamithra Iyer

Sangamithra Iyer is a writer and engineer who holds a BE in civil engineering from the Cooper Union, an MS in geotechnical engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College. Iyer was an Emerging Writer Fellow at Aspen Summer Words and a finalist for... Read More →

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Roxbury Innovation Center Multipurpose Room 2300 Washington St, Boston, MA, 02119