Join Tulsa Artist Fellows M. Molly Backes, Liz Blood, and Juliana Goodman for OFFLINE, an evening of internet-inspired readings. Think ASMR, YouTube, and influencers. Vaporwave, TMZ, and tumblr. Backes, Blood, and Goodman grew up with the internet, have written these works specifically for this evening's event, and are excited to share with you in real-time.
M. MOLLY BACKES
M. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, 2012), which was named Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Fiction for Teens (2013), Forever Young Adult’s Best YA Books of 2012, and was a finalist on NPR.org’s Best-Ever Teen Novels list in 2012. Her work has appeared in The Prairie Wind, Human Parts, The Rumpus, and the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good. She has performed her personal essays at reading series including Essay Fiesta, Funny Ha-Ha, Is This a Thing? and Sunday Salon, and is a frequent guest at writing conferences and festivals across the country.
An accomplished teacher, she has run creative writing workshops for adults and teens across the Midwest. Her teaching career began in rural New Mexico, where she got all 135 of her seventh and eighth grade students to write novels for National Novel Writing Month. Later she moved to Chicago, where she became the assistant director of StoryStudio Chicago, a creative writing studio on the city’s north side, and served as a poet-in-residence with The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Hands On Stanzas program and as an educational ambassador for the Lincoln Park Zoo.
A graduate of Grinnell College, Molly has lived in Wisconsin, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Illinois. She’s not the kind of person to play favorites or anything, but she might just like Iowa the best.
Liz Blood is an essayist, journalist, and editor whose work focuses on place, memory, contemporary art, and social justice. Her work has appeared in HuffPost, Sierra, Oklahoma Today, AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Hunger Mountain, The Tulsa Voice, and elsewhere. She is the editor of Ekphrasis, a poetry and art column at Art Focus Oklahoma, contributing editor at Awst Press, former editor of The Tulsa Voice, and is an adjunct faculty member at The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing program at Oklahoma City University, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction. Blood is a 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellow, a 2018-19 Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellow, and a 2018-19 Oklahoma Center for Humanities fellow. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in English from Westminster College. She is currently working on a collection of essays.
Juliana Goodman was born and raised in Blue Island, Illinois. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Western Illinois University in 2014 and her MFA in Fiction Writing in 2017 from Indiana. Juliana has received several awards and scholarships for her writing and was a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Finalist. She’s had work published in Sigma Tau Delta’s Rectangle, Blackberry: a Magazine and Fiyah Literary Magazine. In her free time, Juliana enjoys watching horror films, reading the latest young adult novels and hanging out with her pit bull, Artie Partie.
- Occurred Thursday, October 10th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm