Seminar: Exploring Place and Space in Fiction with Claire Jimenez
online | open to the public | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
In this seminar, we will read selections from Stuart Dybek's The Coast of Chicago, Edward P. Jones's Lost in the City, Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love, Tommy Orange's There, There, and Grace Paley's Collected Stories to understand how each author animates place to create deeper meaning. We will also explore how stay-at-home orders made us think about the influence of place on our own psychic spaces. In this five-week seminar, finally, you will have the opportunity to write about the important places in your own life, using creative prompts inspired by our reading.
Claire Jimenez is a Puerto Rican writer who grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. She is the author of the short story collection Staten Island Stories, which won the Library's New York City Book Awards Hornblower Award for 2019. Jimenez is a PhD student in English with a concentration in ethnic studies and digital humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She received her MFA from Vanderbilt University. Recently, she was a research fellow at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Currently, she is an assistant fiction editor at Prairie Schooner, and she has written for the Los Angeles Review of Books and many other publications.
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