Fairy Tales for Grown Ups
Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Day of the Week: Wednesday
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
• Regular: $10.00
• Member: $5.00
So much new writing retells or subverts fairy tales and myths, but why? What is it about these warnings, morals, and stories that seem as potent and important as ever?
Join us as three writers read 5 minutes of their work, then come together to discuss the roles of traditional and modern fairy tales for storytellers.
Carter Meland is a tall, left-handed man of White Earth Anishinaabe heritage. He takes writing seriously, but tries to do so with good humor. By day he teaches students in American Indian Studies at the U of MN about the wicked smart, moving, and profound things that Native writers have to say about the world and by night he tries to rise to the standards they set. His novel, Stories for a Lost Child, invokes the waters of Lake Superior and the Mississippi River, and the deep woods voice of Misaabe (Bigfoot) to help his characters make sense of the problems they face in their lives. Stories for a Lost Child was a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Book Awards in the Novel and Short Fiction category.
Allison Wyss is obsessed with body modification, dismemberment, and fairy tales. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Booth, Juked, Jellyfish Review, PANK, and elsewhere. Some of her ideas about the craft of fiction can be found in Reading Like a Writer, a monthly column she writes for the Loft, where she also teaches classes. And she tweets—mostly about toddlers, writing, and resistance—as @AllisonWyss.
Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews’ Indies Book of the Year Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, The Fairy Tale Review, Tin House online, Black Warrior Review, Willow Springs, The Bellevue Literary Review, Lightspeed Magazine, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, among others. Originally from Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area, he was educated at Grinnell College and Southern Illinois University. He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose, and teaches at St. Olaf College and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. He is currently working on a second story collection and a novel.