CORVALLIS, Ore. – Nonfiction writers George Estreich and Erica Trabold will read from their works at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A book signing will follow.

Estreich’s books include “Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body,” a poetry collection which won the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books, and “The Shape of the Eye,” his memoir about raising a daughter with Down syndrome, which won the 2012 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction.

Estreich’s newest book, “Fables and Futures: Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves,” explores the way we think and talk about human-directed biotechnology, from next-generation prenatal tests to CRISPR/Cas9, the genome-editing tool. His essays and articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The Oregonian, Avidly, The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Salon, Tin House and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Estreich teaches creative nonfiction for the OSU MFA program in creative writing.

Trabold’s debut book, “Five Plots,” was selected by John D'Agata as the inaugural winner of the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. “Five Plots” delves into notions of how we are shaped by the land as much as we shape it, eschewing easy ways of understanding and experiencing the world by investigating place as a malleable psychological and phenomenological force.

Trabold’s lyric essays also appear in The Rumpus, Passages North, The Collagist, South Dakota Review, Seneca Review and Essay Daily. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from OSU and was a student of Estreich’s. She writes and teaches in Portland.

This reading is part of the 2018-2019 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 SW Waldo Place, Corvallis.

College of Liberal Arts

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Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784, [email protected]


Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, [email protected]

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