The Future of the Personal Essay

Join three prolific masters of the essay form, as they discuss the genre all three of them helped shape into its current status on the literary scene.


Sari-Botton-personal-essay-panel-woodstock-bookfestSari Botton is a writer, editor, and teacher living in Kingston, NY. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and many other publications. She is the Essays Editor for Longreads, and edited the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving New York (which will be reissued in fall, 2020) and its New York Times bestselling follow-up, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. She teaches at Catapult and in the MFA program at Bay Path University.


alexander-chee-woodstock-bookfestAlexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection, How to Write An Autobiographical Novel. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, Harpers, Vulture, and Best American Essays 2016 and 2019, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose, the AAWW Lit Award, the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Nonfiction Award, and a Lambda Literary Trustees Award. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at VQR, and teaches as an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.


d-watkins-woodstock-bookfestD Watkins is Editor at Large for Salon. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Beast Side:  Living (and Dying) While Black in America and The Cook Up:  A Crack Rock Memoir and We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America. His work has been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. A lifelong resident of Baltimore, Watkins has been featured as a commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s The Erin Burnett Show, Democracy Now and NPR’s Monday Morning, among other shows.


marion-winik-woodstock-bookfestUniversity of Baltimore professor Marion Winik is the author of The Big Book of the Dead and winner of the 2019 Towson Prize for Literature. Among her nine other books are First Comes Love and Highs in the Low Fifties. Her award-winning column appears monthly at BaltimoreFishbowl.com. Winik reviews books for People, Newsday, The Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews, and hosts The Weekly Reader podcast at WYPR.


Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Kleinert/James
37 Tinker Street
Woodstock
Saturday March 28, 2020
2PM