"This is The Place" Authors Coming To OI Lit Fest

Margot Kahn, states, "Home is a loaded word, a complex idea." In the thought-provoking anthology This is The Place: Women Writing About Home, 30 women explore the concept of home and how it makes, breaks and shapes us in personal essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, sentimental objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, immigration, gentrification, geography, and more. We are excited to announce that co-editor/contributor Margot Kahn and writers/contributors Elisabeth Eaves, Tara Conklin, Maya Jewell Zeller and Jane Wong will be presenting a panel discussion at this year's Orcas Island Lit Fest. They lend a range of voices to this subject that remains at the core of our national conversations. What makes a home? What do equality, safety, and politics have to do with it? And why is it so important to us to feel like we belong?  Engaging, insightful, and full of hope, This is the Place will make you laugh, cry, and think hard about home, wherever you may find it.

Want to know more about these amazing writers? Be sure to read their bios below. 

This collection, encompassing a spectrum of races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, political beliefs and classes, could not be timelier. ...open this book, hear its chorus of voices and remember that we are a nation of individuals, bound to each other by our humanity.
— The New York Times Book Review

Margot Kahn, Essayist, Biographer, Editor
Biographer and essayist Margot Kahn is the co-editor of This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press/Hachette) and the author of Horses That Buck (University of Oklahoma Press), winner of the High Plains Book Award. Her essays and reviews can be found in River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, Tablet, the Los Angeles Review, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. Margot holds an MFA from Columbia University and has taught for Seattle Arts & Lectures, Richard Hugo House, and public schools across Seattle.  

Elisabeth Eaves, Memoirist
Elisabeth Eaves is author of the travel memoir Wanderlust: A love affair with five continents, as well as Bare: the naked truth about stripping, a non-fiction book set in a nineties Seattle peep show. The New York Times Book Review called Wanderlust “a heady, headlong chronicle of a decade and a half spent adrift” and declared it a Notable Book, and the Washington Post called Bare a “first-rate, first-person work of social anthropology." Elisabeth is currently working on a novel set in Syria. Her work has also been anthologized in This is the Place: women writing about homeThe Best American Travel Writing (2009)The Best Women’s Travel Writing (2010), and Lonely Planet’s A Moveable Feast. She has won three Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, and her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes, Marie Claire, Slate, and many other publications. She is the co-founder of Type Set, a co-working space for writers in Seattle’s Columbia City, and a steering committee member of Mineral School, a writers’ residency near Mount Rainier.

Tara Conklin, NY Times Best Seller
Author of "The House Girl - "The Last Romantics" (forthcoming from Morrow)
Tara Conklin’s first novel, The House Girl, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext Pick, Target book club pick and was translated into seven languages.  Her second novel, The Last Romantics, is forthcoming in February 2019 from William Morrow/Harper Collins.  Her work has been widely anthologized, most recently in This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. She’s a member of Seattle7Writers and the recipient of a 2015 Artist Trust GAP grant.  In her former life, Tara worked as a lawyer in New York and London.  Born on St. Croix and raised in Massachusetts, Tara now happily calls Seattle home.   

Jane Wong, Poet Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Jubilant and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016), Impossible Map, Kudzu Does Not Stop, Dendrochronology, and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

Maya Jewell Zeller, Poet
Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the collaboration (with artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios, 2017), as well as two poetry collections, Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge, 2015) and Rust Fish (Lost Horse, 2011). Recipient of a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and a Residency from the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Maya serves as Assistant Professor for Central Washington University. She lives in the Inland Northwest. 

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