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Book Launch: Emily Rapp Black & Katherine Standefer

March 9 at 6:00 PM

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Join us to celebrate with Emily Rapp Black and Katherine Standefer as they launch their new books! Emily’s new book, Sanctuary, is “an incisive memoir about how she came to question and redefine the concept of resilience after the trauma of her first child’s death,” and Katherine’s debut, Lightning Flowers, is “the astonishing true story of the rare diagnosis that upended Standefer’s rugged life and sent her tumbling into a fraught maze of cardiology units, dramatic surgeries, and slow, painful recoveries.” The authors will be in conversation about writing the body.

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About the Performers

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), a New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the New York Times, Die Zeit, the Times-London, Lenny Letter, the Sun, Time, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications and anthologies. She is currently associate professor of creative writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches medical narratives in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was recently named the nonfiction editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book that explores art and disability through the life of Frida Kahlo is forthcoming from Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books in 2021. She is the mother of two children: Ronan (2010-2013), and Charlotte (age 6).

Katherine E. Standefer‘s debut book, Lightning Flowers, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in early 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Works-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Her writing won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction, appears in The Best American Essays 2016, and was selected as Notable in Best American Essays 2017. She writes about the body, consent, and medical technology from Tucson, where she earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona in 2014. Her writing appears in the anthologies Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays and How We Speak To One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, as well as many literary journals, including the New England Review, the Normal School, the Iowa ReviewFourth Genre, and the Colorado Review. As a creative arts entrepreneur, she teaches community-level writing classes that help people write about sexuality, illness, and trauma, using a unique embodied pedagogy that considers the craft challenges, physiological hurdles, and social barriers to telling stories of the body. A certified sexologist, she has provided sexuality education to more than 8,000 people and draws on more than 30 hours of trauma sensitivity training. She is Nonfiction Faculty at Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA program.