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Imagine Wanting Only This - Kristen Radtke, Jamel Brinkley - <span class="date-display-single">05/04/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

Imagine Wanting Only This

05/04/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301


When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and, not long after his funeral, the sight of an abandoned mining town marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted towns in the American Midwest, Italian villas, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. At once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind?

Kristen Radtke will appear in conversation with Jamel Brinkely.

Kristen Radtke

About Presenter Kristen Radtke


Kristen Radtke, writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Imagine Wanting Only This is her first book. Radtke’s work has appeared in Oxford American, Guernica, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tin House, and Witness. Her graphic essay “The City of the Century” was included in Electric Literature’s best comics of 2014. She has been interviewed by Blackbird, Creative Nonfiction, Curbed, Essay Daily, Literary Hub, and Shelf Awareness and her graphic essays have appeared in the anthologies After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays, The Best of Vela, Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews, Waveform: Twenty-Firt Century Essays by Women, and The Essay Daily Reader. 


Imagine Wanting Only This

Jamel Brinkley

About Presenter Jamel Brinkley


Jamel Brinkley was raised in Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York. He is a Kimbilio Fellow and is an alum of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He has been awarded scholarships from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space and Gulf Coast, and his debut short story collection will be published in 2018 by Graywolf Press.  

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