The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
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Bruce Owens Grimm

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2020

About Bruce Owens Grimm

Bruce Owens Grimm writes haunted queer essays and memoir. His work has appeared in The RumpusKenyon Review OnlineNinth Letter, AWP’s Writer’s NotebookIron Horse Literary ReviewOlder Queer Voices, and elsewhere. He is co-editing Fat & Queer, an anthology inspired by his Fat and Queer series for Queen Mob’s Tea House. More can be found at

Find Conference Sessions with Bruce Owens Grimm

Haunted Memoir: What Ghosts Reveal about Life
Bruce Owens Grimm

Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Thoren, University Club
Type: Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Horror, Memoir, Personal Essays

Ghosts have been inescapable in our lives, whether they be reminders of trauma or versions of our lives that are now long gone. How do we ask questions about these ghosts in our writing? This session will look at how memoirists construct ghosts on the page and how they connect the concept of haunting to their lives and experiences. We will then discuss how participants might be haunted and how to bring their ghosts to life on the page.