George Estreich’s publications include a chapbook, Elegy for Dan Rabinowitz (Intertext, 1993) and a full-length poetry collection, Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body, which won the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books (2003). The Shape of the Eye (SMU Press, 2011; Penguin, 2013), his memoir about raising a daughter with Down syndrome, received the 2012 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Estreich has published essays and articles in The New York Times, The Oregonian, Avidly, The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Salon, Tin House, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
His new book, Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories we Tell Ourselves (MIT Press), explores the way we think and talk about human-directed biotechnology, from next-generation prenatal tests to CRISPR/Cas9, the genome-editing tool. Blending personal narrative and scholarship, Estreich argues that with biotech able to select and shape who we are, we need to imagine what it means to belong.
Erica Trabold is a Nebraska-born essayist. Her lyric essays appear in The Rumpus, Passages North, The Collagist, South Dakota Review, Seneca Review, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. A graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Erica writes and teaches in Portland, Oregon. Named for the late poet and essayist, the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize is a biennial book series. It was founded by the editors of Seneca Review in 2017 to support and celebrate the breadth of work being done in the essay form today, including traditional approaches to creative nonfiction, cross-genre and hybrid work, verse forms, text and image works, connected or related pieces, and “beyond category” projects. Winners of the series will be published by Seneca Review Books in the fall of even-numbered years.
Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Valley Library, Rotunda
201 SW Waldo Place, Corvallis, OR 97331