EWU Get Lit Festival: Meghan Daum and Justin Torres

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Showtime: 11:00 AM

Price: $12, or free with student ID

Get Lit! Presents Meghan Daum and Justin Torres

Meghan Daum received the 2015 Pen Center Award (USA) in creative nonfiction, received a 2015 Guggenheim fellowship in general nonfiction, and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing. In her highly acclaimed memoir, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, Daum demonstrates her mastery of what Salon has called confessional writing, a genre forged by Daum herself, in which she looks inward, and then upward. Her focus is not simply internal; she brings the conversation to the wider world outside herself while using her experience as a touchstone. Her first book, My Misspent Youth, introduced readers to this new and unique voice, and has since its initial publication been celebrated for its contributions to the personal essay form. My Misspent Youth was reissued in 2015 by Picador.

Daum is the editor of Selfish, Shallow, Self Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, a collection of essays from writers who choose to remain childless. In her work, she focuses on issues ranging from grief to the political landscape, authenticity, class in America, and the conflicting ideals of womanhood. As an opinion columnist for The Los Angeles Times, she is a critic of herself, of the media, and of the current political landscape. Daum is an honest, breath-of-fresh-air writer, and as Cheryl Strayed of The New York Times Book Review says, Daum is “one of the most emotionally exacting, mercilessly candid, deeply funny, and intellectually rigorous writers of our time.”

‚ÄčJustin Torres is the celebrated author of We the Animals (Mariner Books, 2012), a small novel about a family of five living in New York. But for all it's concision, the novel does not lack in power. O Magazine describes the book by saying that “in stark prose, Torres shows us how one family grapples with a dangerous and chaotic love for each other, as well as what it means to become a man.”  The novel earned Torres a spot on The National Book Foundation’s list of 2012’s 5 Under 35. Since the book’s debut, he has continued to publish shorter work in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications.

Torres recently served as the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig in 2016. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is a recipient of the Rolón United States Artist Fellowship in Literature, and is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He has worked as a farmhand, a dog-walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller.