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Video Replay: LitTalk Author Series at Whose Books: a Conversation About The Craft, Process & Business of Writing

by Writing Workshops Staff

9 months ago

Video Replay: LitTalk Author Series at Whose Books: a Conversation About The Craft, Process & Business of Writing

by Writing Workshops Staff

9 months ago & The Writer’s Garret sponsored LitTalk: A DFW Author Panel Series at Whose Books on Wednesday, May 11th, 2023. Novelist & series creator Alex Temblador moderated a panel featuring Lauren Brazeal Garza, Jill Talbot, and LaToya Watkins in a discussion taking the topic of “creative writing” as a starting point for a conversation about the craft, process and business of writing.

Alex Temblador is the award-winning author of Half Outlaw and Secrets of the Casa Rosada. St. Martin’s Essentials acquired Alex’s first non-fiction book, Writing an Identity Not Your Own, in 2022. Her creative work has appeared in PALABRITAS and D Magazine, as well as anthologies like Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America and Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology. In addition to teaching creative writing classes and seminars, Alex is an award-winning journalist published in the likes of Travel + Leisure, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler, among many others.

LaToya Watkins is the author of Perish. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, The Sun, Kweli Journal, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. She is a Kimibilo fellow and has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, MacDowell, OMI: Arts, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Camargo Foundation. Her first story collection, Holler, Child, will be published in 2023.

Jill Talbot is the author of The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir and Loaded: Women and Addiction, a collection of personal essays. A Distant Town: Stories, won the 2021 Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Contest and was published by The Florida Review. She is the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction and the forthcoming The Essay Form(s) from Columbia University Press. Her essays have appeared in AGNI, Brevity, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, LitMag, River Teeth, Southwest Review, and The Paris Review Daily, among others. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at University of North Texas.

Lauren Brazeal Garza received her M.F.A in poetry from Bennington College, and is completing her Ph.D. in literature from UT Dallas, where she is also a creative writing instructor. She is the author of the full-length collection Gutter (Yes Yes Books, 2018), a memoir-in-verse about her homelessness as a teenager. She has also published three chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Santa Muerte, Santa Muerte: I Was Here, Release Me (Tram Editions, 2023), a series of fictional interviews with ghosts. Her poetry, lyric essays, and fiction have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Waxwing, and Verse Daily among many other journals.

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