Literature as Excavation: A Reading & Conversation with Dawn MacKeen
April 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
How can writing help recover parts of our past in our order to make sense of our present? Join us for an intimate, unique conversation between author Dawn MacKeen and Arto Vaun (Center for Creative Writing). In MacKeen’s highly acclaimed new book, The Hundred Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey, she explores her grandfather’s harrowing story during the Armenian Genocide. By connecting the dots within his struggle to survive, MacKeen reveals a larger portrait of history, family, and resilience. MacKeen and Vaun will discuss the advantages and complexities of memoir writing; the intersection between journalism and literature; and writing as a foundation of cultural progress.
Dawn Anahid MacKeen is the author of The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey. Declared a “must read” by the New York Post and Outside, the award-winning book is based on her grandfather’s recently discovered journals and a decade of research. Previously she was a staff writer at Salon, Newsday, and SmartMoney: The Wall Street Journal Magazine.