DATE CHANGE: This event has been rescheduled from Thursday, November 2. Lidia will now be reading on Thursday, November 16.
Lidia Yuknavitch – beloved writer and self-defined misfit – makes a powerful case for not fitting in. In this beautiful book, the bestselling author helps us reclaim the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.
“I have two epically failed marriages,” writes Lidia. “I’ve flunked out of college not once, but twice, and maybe even a third time. I’ve been through one episode of drug rehab and two brief stints incarcerated. I’ve also been homeless. I’m not a deviant. Or a loser. Or a criminal. I’m someone who ‘missed’ fitting in.”
Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit, but it took a long time to accept and appreciate her misfittery. THE MISFIT’S MANIFESTO encourages Lidia’s fellow misfits to not be afraid, to forge their own path, and ask for what they want most. This is Lidia’s love letter to all those who can’t ever seem to find the “right” path, a profound message of compassion and bravery. This is a reminder that mistakes can be portals, and all misfits belong in the room, no matter how bumpy or winding their path.
Joining Lidia in conversation: Domi J Shoemaker, the gender-free founder the successful Burnt Tongue Quarterly reading series after spending several years with Tom Spanbauer in his Dangerous Writers writing group. Domi has been published on several online literary journals and in print in the Forest Avenue Press Anthology, The Night and The Rain and The River and in Gobshite Quarterly. You can hear Domi on KBOO radio's Bread and Roses archives with Leigh Anne Kranz and you can spot Domi in the pedicab episode of Portlandia. Domi has since earned an MFA in Writing at Pacific University, and is now co-facilitating the Seasonal workshop series at Corporeal Writing with Lidia Yuknavitch.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the national bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water. Her acclaimed TED Talk “The Beauty of Being a Misfit” has over 2 million views. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards, a Willamette Writers Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the 2012 Pen Center Creative Nonfiction Award. She writes, teaches, and lives in Portland, Oregon.