Reading for Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction

Feb ’06
12:00 am

Reading for Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired FictionThursday, Feburary 9th, 7:00 PMFREE
We live in political times where it is impossible not to be involved, inspired, appalled, or motivated by the current administration. It seems like everyone has something to say about politics these days ? and fiction writers are no exception. This came to the forefront of Stephen Elliott?s mind following the 2001 elections and the attacks of September 11th, when he and his fellow novelists began to question their focus and the relevance of their work in such times. Unconsciously, current events had seeped into their writing?and thus Politically Inspired was born.
Featured Readers at this event:
Stephen Elliott is the author of four novels, including Happy Baby, and the political memoir Looking Forward to It: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The American Political Process. He recently journeyed to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina and contributed several articles to Stephen Elliott is available for interview and comment on this new release.
Audrey Niffenegger is a writer and visual artist who lives in Chicago, where almost everyone she knows has been quietly despondent ever since the last election and where the only words that bring any cheer are ?Barack Obama.?
Jeff Parker?s stories recently appeared in Hobart, Ploughshares, Tin House, and Life & Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End. For the past seven years he has co-directed Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, and he co-edited Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States. The Drinking Game, a short story collection in the form of instructions, will be published by Jovian Books in 2006.
Stefan Kiesbye is the author of the novel Next Door Lived A Girl. In West Berlin in the 1980s, he worked as an actor, coffeehouse reader, drag queen, and nude model. As a radio show host, he covered the ?91 Contributors 327 Gulf War. Stefan currently lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Sanaz and is working on a new novel. You can visit him at
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