Fact Meets Fiction on the Writer's Road: Some Observations on Memoir, Fable, and Investigative Poetics

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Fact Meets Fiction on the Writer's Road: Some Observations on Memoir, Fable, and Investigative Poetics

Time: May 20, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
Street: 5540 Eubank NE
City/Town: Albuquerque
Website or Map: http://southwestwriters.com
Phone: 505-830-6034
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: SouthWest Writers
Latest Activity: Apr 21

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All creative writing stems from the author’s personal experience, albeit to various degrees. Thus it’s not a simple matter to neatly separate memoir from history from fiction. And yet we must have some boundaries. And yet, again, it’s evident much great writing blurs those boundaries, inhabits the interstices or interzones between fact and fiction. John Roche will draw on Ed Sanders’ idea of “Investigative Poetics” and Rudy Rucker’s idea of “Transrealism,” as well as works by Joyce, Yeats, Whitman, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Diane DiPrima, Philip K. Dick, and others, including some of his own works, in discussing the disparate approaches to this problem that writers can take.

 

John Roche is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. Three of his poetry collections, The Joe Poems (2012), Topicalities (2008) and On Conesus (2005), are available from Foothills Publishing, and Road Ghosts (2011, published by theenk Books, is available from SPDBooks.org. He had also edited several anthologies. John has appeared in numerous magazines, including Malpais ReviewAdobe WallsYellow Medicine ReviewRootdrinkerHouse Organ, Big Bridge, and The Woodstock Journal. John is currently editing an anthology of poems about the mythic Joe the Poet for Beatlick Press, Albuquerque.

 

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