Mean Girls: A Panel on Adolescent Female Violence

Wednesday July 24, 2019
07:00 pm

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Join us for a discussion on adolescent female violence inspired by Rebecca Godfrey's critically-acclaimed and award-winning true crime book, Under the Bridge. The book details the infamous 1997 "Schoolgirl Murder," when a group of teenagers—mostly girls—beat a classmate to death in British Columbia and then hide the murder for eight days. Panelists include Rebecca Godfrey, Melissa Febos, and Jaquira Díaz.




Rebecca Godfrey’s first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge received one of Canada’s largest literary awards, the British Columbia Award for Canadian Nonfiction, as well as the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has received fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. In 2016, she edited and curated the multimedia exhibition, Girls In Trees. She teaches writing at Columbia University, and lives with her family in upstate New York.


Melissa Febos is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, and the essay collection, Abandon Me, which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Her third book, Girlhood, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, and Ragdale. Her essays have recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The Sewanee Review, and The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Monmouth University, where she is an associate professor and MFA director.


Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir (a Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Selection), forthcoming from Algonquin Books. She's the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Kenyon Review, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work appears in The Best American Essays, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The FADER, Longreads, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and others. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's MFA Program in Creative Writing and is a Consulting Editor at the Kenyon Review.