World Affairs Council: Brazil, Bolsonaro and the Amazon
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

World Affairs Council: Brazil, Bolsonaro and the Amazon

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, elected in October of 2018, has promised to make the country safer, boost the economy after several years of crisis and put an end to corruption in politics. While much of the country celebrated the results, many also feared that the election of Bolsonaro signaled a fundamental shift for democracy in Brazil as he is known for ultra-conservative policies and deeply offensive rhetoric. Bolsonaro already has launched an all-out attack on environmental protections, eliminating the post of secretary on climate change and stripping the environment ministry of authority. According to Bolsonaro environmental protection in the Amazon slows economic development and he has promised that “not one more centimeter” of land will be allocated to indigenous tribes. These policies will dramatically affect those living in the Amazon who were already struggling to save the region from loggers, drug lords, and corrupt police and politicians.

Join us for a conversation with journalist Chris Feliciano Arnold to discuss the rise of Bolsonaro, the current state of Brazilian politics, and what the future of Brazil might look like for the indigenous communities living along the Amazon. Arnold is also the author of the book The Third Bank of the River, which traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish settlers to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. The book looks at the push to develop the Amazon rainforest and its cost in human lives, in the complex political and social context of Brazil.

Member: Free

Member Guest (with Pass): Free

Non-member: $20.00

Student: $7.00

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Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Lisbon: Launch Event for Behind the Stars, More Stars

Celebrate the Lisbon launch of the first all-Disquiet anthology, a collection of prose from the first five years of our unique Writing the Luso Experience workshop. The result of a long-term collaboration between Disquiet and UMass Dartmouth’s Tagus Press, a leading publisher of Luso- American literature in the U.S., Behind the Stars, More Stars brings a dozen women, people of color, and LGTBQ writers into the Tagus catalog and continues the Disquiet tradition of breaking silences in Luso-American communities.

At this event we’ll also be joined by Mario Pereira, executive editor of Tagus Press, to discuss the new book, Lisbon: A Biography, which gives the history of Lisbon from its legendary founding by Ulysses to the present day and covering the conquest of Lisbon, the period of discoveries, the great earthquake of 1755, the departure of the royal court for Brazil, the Liberal revolts, the Estado Novo, Carnation Revolution, Expo ‘98, and more.

Free and open to the public.

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Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

Portland: Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Life Is a Hybrid: Crossing Genre Boundaries in Memoir

A panel discussion with Alexandria (Alex) Marzano-Lesnevich, Emily Maloney, Chris Feliciano Arnold, Ruth Behar and Joshua Rivkin.

Memoirs are becoming weirder and wilder, going beyond the writer’s life to incorporate journalism, ethnography, true crime, cultural criticism, poetry, and even fiction. Mixing genres, writers layer their work, chasing the complexity of life. But why (and when to) choose to mix it up? What research challenges or opportunities await? And how do you escape categorization when it’s time to publish? Memoirists—some with multiple books and some with debuts—offer practical insights on transgressing genre.

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Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Phoenix: NonfictioNOW

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A panel discussion with Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Chris Feliciano Arnold, Kisha Lewellyn Schegel, Inara Verzemnieks and Jessica Wilbanks

A former believer goes back to church. An adoptee returns to the country of his birth to chronicle its evolution from military dictatorship to fledgling democracy. A woman from the borderlands of Texas goes north to better understand what happens when an international borderline divides a people in two. A descendant of refugees retraces their path of flight back to the family’s ancestral village. In this panel, four writers whose work moves between memoir, history, and narrative nonfiction talk about the deeply personal origins of their most recent books, the interplay between their own history and their reporting process, and the way their narrative personas shifted and evolved through the course of their projects.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Freelance Hustle at Left Margin LIT in Berkeley

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Left Margin LIT is a literary arts center in Berkeley dedicated to serving the East Bay’s writers and readers, nurturing the region’s literary culture, advancing writers’ artistic development, and inspiring a love of literature. Left Margin LIT begins with the belief that rigorous learning isn’t limited to the university classroom. The founders and core faculty all have extensive university teaching experience, but know that the best classrooms are those where excited, engaged students gather, no matter their background.

Join Chris on Saturday, September 15th for an intensive one day class, "The Freelance Hustle." Details and enrollment information here.

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Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Berkeley: Left Margin LIT Reading

Left Margin LIT, a creative writing center in Berkeley dedicated to serving the East Bay’s writers and readers, is launching its own reading series! Come nosh on some snacks and listen to five Left Margin writers share their work: Lauren Markham, Muhammad Umar Jee Salimi, Keenan Norris, Melinda Noack, and Chris Feliciano Arnold. This is a free event.

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Bay Area: After the Flood—A Film Screening and Discussion

Join author and journalist Chris Feliciano Arnold for a screening of Todd Southgate’s award-winning documentary, Belo Monte: After the Flood, followed by a discussion of the past, present and future of the Amazon rain forest. Chris has spent years reporting from the Amazon rain forest, mapping the human territory of one of the world's last great frontiers—and a critical battleground for human rights and the future of our planet. Nowhere in the Amazon is that battle more fierce than along the Xingu River, site of the enormous Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project, which has displaced tens of thousands of indigenous people and thrown the rainforest ecosystem into disarray.

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Jun
7
9:00 PM21:00

New York City: The National Book Foundation's Why Reading Matters Conference

The National Book Foundation’s third annual Why Reading Matters conference returns on June 7 for a full day of presentations focused on reading without boundaries. Why Reading Matters is designed to bring together educators, non-profit administrators, librarians, academics, publishing professionals, writers, and literary activists of all kinds to discover and share ways to welcome more readers into their community.

Registration is open to public, and ticket sales will start on April 26; the full conference program will be announced May 10. Tickets are $50, and will include a light breakfast and happy hour reception. Register by May 9, and receive an early bird price of $35. 

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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Berkeley: The Freelance Hustle at Left Margin LIT

Left Margin LIT is a literary arts center in Berkeley dedicated to serving the East Bay’s writers and readers, nurturing the region’s literary culture, advancing writers’ artistic development, and inspiring a love of literature. Left Margin LIT begins with the belief that rigorous learning isn’t limited to the university classroom. The founders and core faculty all have extensive university teaching experience, but know that the best classrooms are those where excited, engaged students gather, no matter their background.

Join Chris on Saturday, March 10th for an intensive one day class, "The Freelance Hustle." Details and enrollment information here.

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Feb
11
9:00 AM09:00

AWP in D.C.: Breaking the Fourth Wall—Tips and Tools for Immersion Writing

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Kimberly Meyer’s memoir, The Book of Wanderings, recalls the journey she and her daughter made by retracing a medieval pilgrimage route to the Holy Land and St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Desert in the days after the Arab Spring. She teaches at the University of Houston's Honors College.

Jessica Wilbanks is the author of On the Far Side of the Fire, a forthcoming memoir about life after faith. She has received national awards for her nonfiction, including a Pushcart Prize, the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, and Ninth Letter’s inaugural creative nonfiction award.

Joni Tevis is the author of two books of essays, most recently The World Is on Fire. Her essays have appeared in OrionOxford AmericanPoets & Writers, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. She teaches at Furman University in Greenville, SC.

Chris Feliciano Arnold is the author of The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st Century Amazon. A 2014 NEA fellow, he has published fiction and journalism in Harper'sThe AtlanticPlayboyOutsideSports IllustratedThe Los Angeles Times, and more.

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Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

AWP in D.C.: The New New New Journalism—Reporting with the I

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Four decades after Tom Wolfe coined the term “new journalism” and a decade after Robert Boynton hailed Susan Orlean, Jon Krakauer, and others as “new new journalists,” subjectivity in journalism is hot again. Five writers whose work sometimes straddles the line between memoir and journalism discuss where that line is, if it’s moved over the past years, what a personal perspective can bring to reporting—and what the legacies of Wolfe and other writers mean forty years into being “new.”

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich's first book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder & A Memoir, is forthcoming in the US and internationally. An NEA Fellow and Harvard JD, her essays appear in The New York Times and Oxford American. She teaches at Grub Street and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Jennifer Percy is the author of the nonfiction book Demon Camp, a New York TimesNotable Book. Her essays have appeared in Harper'sEsquire, the New Republic, and the New York Times Magazine, where she is a regular contributor.

Chris Feliciano Arnold is the author of The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st Century Amazon. A 2014 NEA fellow, he has published fiction and journalism in Harper'sThe AtlanticPlayboyOutsideSports IllustratedThe Los Angeles Times, and more.

José M Orduña is a graduate of the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa. His first book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Displacement is about race, class, and citizenship. It traces his experience as a first generation immigrant living in the United States.

Kerry Howley is the author of Thrown, a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and an assistant professor in the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa. Her essays, short stories, and reportage have appeared in Granta, the Paris ReviewHarper's, and New York Magazine.

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