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Jenn Shapland Presents My Autobiography of Carson McCullers with Cyrus Grace Dunham


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Thursday, 7:00 pm EDT February 20, 2020

The Center for Fiction

After discovering heartfelt love letters between Carson McCullers and writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, memoirist Jenn Shapland embarks on an intense study into McCuller’s complicated life. By weaving her own story, Shapland “remakes the boundaries between criticism, biography, and autobiography in search of two identities.”

Shapland will discuss writing and researching My Autobiography of Carson McCullers (Tin House Books) with Cyrus Grace Dunham, author of A Year Without a Name. Jazmine Hughes, story editor at New York Times, will moderate.



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    Jenn Shapland

    Jenn Shapland

    Jenn Shapland is a writer living in New Mexico. Her nonfiction has been published in Tin House, Outside, the Lifted Brow, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. She won the 2019 Rabkin Foundation Award for art journalism, and her essay “Finders, Keepers” won a 2017 Pushcart Prize. She teaches as an adjunct in the Creative Writing department at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers is her first book.

  • Cyrus Grace Dunham c. Sam-Richardson - Carla Cain-Walther

    Cyrus Grace Dunham

    Cyrus Grace Dunham

    Cyrus Grace Dunham is a writer and organizer living in Los Angeles. A Year Without a Name: A Memoir is their first book.

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    Jazmine Hughes

    Jazmine Hughes

    Jazmine Hughes is a story editor for the New York Times magazine. Previously, she worked as a contributing editor for the Hairpin, a blog. She has been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Elle, Gawker and the New Republic.