I am a card-carrying misfit.
~ Author Lidia Yuknavitch
Earlier this year, at TED2016, author Lidia Yuknavitch related her dream of becoming a writer as she struggled with profound personal loss and shame and self-abnegation. Her story is what she calls "the misfit's myth", which, she says, "goes like this: even at the moment of your failure, right then, you are beautiful. You don't know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That's your beauty."
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Since that time she relates in her TEDTalk, Lidia Yuknavitch has gone on to realize much success. She has published an "anti-memoir", The Chronology of Water (Hawthorne Books, 2011; paper, 2013); the novels The Small Backs of Children (Harper, 2015) and DORA: a Headcase (Hawthorne Books, 2012); three books of fictions, Her Other Mouths (House of Bones Press, 1997), Liberty's Excess (Fiction Collective 2, 2000), and Real to Reel (Fiction Collective 2, 2003); and a book of literary criticism addressing war and narrative, Allegories of Violence (Routledge, 2014). Her writings have appeared in numerous periodicals.
Yuknavitch's honors include the Oregon Book Award - Reader's Choice (2012) and the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award (Poets & Writers); the latter is the award that enabled her to go to New York City to meet the publishers and writers she mentions in her TedTalk.
Yuknavitch is a member of PEN Center USA. This summer, on July 11, she appears at PEN Center's Emerging Voices Author Evening.
A resident of Portland, Oregon, Yuknavitch teaches writing, literature, and art and conducts a series of workshops, "Corporeal Writing Seasonal Series", designed to demonstrate how art-making can become a life practice.
Yuknavitch's Website is Corporeal Writing.
"Woven", Guernica, August 3, 2015
Alden Jones, "The Rumpus Interview with Lidia Yuknavitch", The Rumpus, July 13, 2015