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Leslie Morris, Madelon Sprengnether, & Margie Newman


About the Readers: 
Leslie Morris is Associate Professor of German and has served as the Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota for a number of years. She has published widely on the poetics of memory, trauma, and the Holocaust, and has co-edited three volumes of essays that explore contemporary Jewish culture in Germany (Contemporary Jewish Writing in Germany; Unlikely History: The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis; and Three-Way Street: Jews, Germans, and the Transnational (which recently came out with the University of Michigan Press). Her most recent book is forthcoming with Northwestern Universtiy Press in 2018 : The Translated Jew: Reimagining German-Jewish Culture Outside the Margins. As part of her current project, a hybrid memoir that is experimental in form, she is participating in the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis New Directions program.  

Madelon Sprengnether is Regents Professor in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches literature and creative writing. She has published widely in the field of feminism and psychoanalysis, most notably as co-editor of The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation (1985) and as author of The Spectral Mother: Freud, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (1995). She has also published three memoirs, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams (1983), Crying at the Movies: A Film Memoir (2002), and Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (2015), three collections of poems, The Normal Heart (1981), The Angelof Duluth (2006), and Near Solstice: Prose Poems (2015), and a co-edited collectionof travel writing by women, The House on Via Gombito (1985). Her book titled Mourning Freud is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in 2018. 

Margie Newman writes primarily nonfiction with occasional forays into other genres. She grew up in Brooklyn, and has made Minnesota her home for the past almost 25 years. Margie holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. Margie’s work has appeared in Outlook magazine, Dislocate, the Forward, and other publications. Her work has beenrecognized with a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and a Jerome Foundation grant. Margie participated in the Loft Mentorship Program in Creative Nonfiction.

*Margie Newman is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.*

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