Writing the Middle East: Journalism, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir. Join me and two other Western authors, who have journeyed multiple times to the Middle East, for a discussion about current events, culture, and the challenges and motivations behind their work. Reese Erlich (Inside Syria, 2014, and Conversations With Terrorists, 2007) is a Peabody Award and Clarion Award winning journalist based in Oakland, CA, who has reported for the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR, among other news outlets. Diana Darke (My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution, US edition 2015) is a UK author who has also published travels books on Turkey, Syria, North Cyprus, and Oman. Meghan Nuttall Sayres (Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran, 2013) is an author from Spokane, Washington, whose two novels set in Iran Anahita’s Woven Riddle (an American Library Association Top Ten Best Books and an Indie Next Choice 2007), and, Night Letter (nominated for ALA Best Fiction List 2014) have been translated into several European and Middle Eastern languages.
The discussion will be moderated by EWU associate professor of journalism, Jamie Neely. She has worked as a professional journalist for over 25 years, including serving as a member of the editorial board of The Spokesman-Review, and also holds an MFA in creative writing.
Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second floor, room 206A