We’re very happy to share the news that our panel, “Midwest Gothic: Dark Fiction of the Heartland” has been accepted for AWP 2012. In addition to us (the MGS editors, Jodee Stanley and Brian Kornell), the panel will also include Cathy Day, Michael Czyzniejewski, and Dan Chaon. They are phenomenal writers and we are thrilled they will be taking part in the discussion of Midwest Gothic.
AWP 2012 is in Chicago from February 29 – March 3. We’ll let you know as soon as we know the exact time and day. Below is the description of the panel:
From the stories of Sherwood Anderson to contemporary Midwestern fiction, authors have explored the darkness that lies beneath the placid exterior of an often-dismissed region of America. Five Midwest-based writers and editors will discuss how the prairie landscape and traditionally Midwestern character traits, including politeness, stoicism, and a wariness of the unknown, combine with traditional Gothic literary elements to create a rarely-discussed subgenre of fiction, Midwest Gothic.
There will be fun and creepiness, so we hope to see you there!