"Writing in a Time of Upheaval": Stacey D'Erasmo's 2019 Keynote [VIDEO]

To help keep our spirits up and our words flowing, we're sharing Muse and the Marketplace keynote talks and special event videos from GrubStreet's past in a series called "From the Grub Archive." This week, we're sharing a keynote video by Stacey D'Erasmo

The title alone of Stacey D'Erasmo's brilliantly erudite 2019 keynote speech "Writing in a Time of Upheaval" feels urgently relevant to us right now in the midst of a global pandemic. D’Erasmo’s talk is a careful and illuminating close-reading of how the work of writers and artists like Gwendolyn Brooks, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Sonali Deraniyagala, among others, changed dramatically after traumatic events. It is also the personal story of how D'Erasmo herself, after personal upheaval, discovered a new way of writing for herself. This is the kind of talk that can crack open possibilities in our own work and help us to contextualize the intense challenges of our current moment.

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