Reading from Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, together with award-winning author and New American Media editor Andrew Lam. Q&A to follow.
The Appalachian Writers’ Workshop at Hindman Settlement School, which is Kentucky’s premier writers gathering, provides an opportunity for aspiring and accomplished writers to immerse themselves in a community of people who appreciate Appalachian literature and who hail from or write about the region. This creative community comes to the Settlement to learn and teach the craft of writing through structured workshops and exchange with other writers. Both published and unpublished writers are urged to attend.
Fenton reads from his new nonfiction collection Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, and Lydia reads from her forthcoming fiction Fight No More. Each will share stories from their salacious pasts! One night only!
The Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers. Manuscript and poetry workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting. 2017 faculty include Garth Greenwell, Pam Houston, Fenton Johnson, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Cheryl Strayed and Luis Alberto Urrea.
Fenton shows excerpts of Academy-Award winning documentarian Lourdes Portillo’s film La Ofrenda: Days of the Dead, on which he was a story consultant. La Ofrenda contrasts celebrations of el dia de los muertos in Portillo’s native Oaxaca and in San Francisco’s Mission District. Attendees will be invited to share a memory of someone who made a difference in their lives or in the LGBT movement. Masks and memorabilia welcome.
Fenton Johnson reading and in conversation with NYT best-selling author and fellow Kentuckian Kim Edwards (The Memory-Keeper’s Daughter, The Lake of Dreams).
Star Berea College journalist and author Jason Howard interviews best-selling author Kim Edwards and Fenton Johnson, in a conversation entitled “Writing Against the Wind: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Common / Wealth.”
All three authors will be at the Fair for much of the day. The conversation is scheduled for 3-4 p.m.
Bestselling feminist author bell hooks and University of Arizona Professor Fenton Johnson, author most recently of Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, in conversation about writing of, from, and about home–in their case, their shared native roots in Kentucky, their wide-ranging travels, and their decisions to return (hooks) or wander (Johnson).
Fenton speaks and reads from Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays at the institute founded by noted Kentucky feminist, cultural critic, essayist, and memoirist bell hooks.
Fenton kicks off the Tucson/Pima County Library 2018 Stonewall Reading Series, in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. He’ll be reading from and discussing his January 2018 Harper’s Magazine cover essay, “The Future of Queer: A Manifesto.” http://www.fentonjohnson.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Johnson-FutureOfQueer-Harpers.pdf