November 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Contemporary essayists Meghan O’Gieblyn and Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel will talk about their new books, Interior States and Fear Icons.

Critic and essayist Meghan O'Gieblyn was born into an evangelical family, attended the famed Moody Bible Institute in Chicago before she had a crisis of belief, and still lives in the Midwest, aka "Flyover Country."  Her essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, n+1, The Point, The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Best American Essays 2017, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Interior States: Essays is her first book.  "[O'Gieblyn] conjures midwestern angst . . .  with humor and dread . . . She examines big-time evangelicalism's growing avoidance of evil and sin ("Hell") and the rise and fall of Christian rock ("Sniffin' Glue") without a particle of condescension, showing why interest in those phenomena should be serious and humane . . ." — Booklist

Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program graduate Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel's book of essays, Fear Icons, won the inaugural Gournay Prize from Mad Creek Books. She has published in the Tin House blog, The Kenyon Review, and Conjunctions. She now teaches creative writing at Whitman College in Washington. “Kisha Schlegel's brilliant debut illuminates some of our most hardened cultural icons and the fears that they induce . . . This is a bold new literary voice of fierce intelligence, vulnerability, and empathy.” —John D’Agata