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Reclaiming the Mine: Nonfiction Writers Explore Mining As Method and Metaphor (Portland, OR)

  • Room F152 Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 Portland, Oregon USA (map)

with Elissa Washuta, Ander Monson, Byron Aspaas, & Jessica Johnson

What can we learn by stepping into the mine? What does it mean that the work of writing nonfiction is so often compared to excavation? What shapes can we make of the holes and fragments left by mining? What do bodies broken in pursuit of ore have to tell us? When does the unearthing we do as writers become unsustainable? Nonfiction writers with diverse connections to mining explore the payoffs and dangers of digging into a cultural and environmental inheritance.