Summer Craft Intensive: Gina Balibrera


Editor's Note

Imagined Histories with Gina Balibrera
Sunday, August 4th 
10 AM –  1 PM PST / 1 PM – 4 PM EST

What is an Imagined History?

To me, this space is where historical characters, false documents, and forgotten stories collide with fiction, to seed, inspire, open, and question the authority of the facts as they have already been written. This kind of rigorous re-imagining is a generative entry point for our work. The intensive will take a look at the choices we can make in terms of framing, voice, research, and invention, in order to expand the possibilities of our fictional worlds. Together, we’ll read a series of short excerpts from Ruben Reyes Jr., Olga Ravn, Valeria Luiselli, Catherine Lacey, Peter Ho Davies, and others, and observe the ways in which these writers blur the line between fiction and fact to write worlds that are vivid, expansive, and emotionally specific. We’ll write about place, witness, books within books, talismanic objects, and more!

We have one scholarship available for this intensive. Scholarships are conducted through a lottery. If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out this form.

BIO: Gina María Balibrera is the author of the novel The Volcano Daughters, forthcoming from Pantheon in August 2024. She’s been awarded grants from the Rackham Institute, a Tyson Award, the Aura Estrada Prize, the Under the Volcano Sandra Cisneros Fellowship, the Periplus Collective, and Tin House. Her work appears in the Boston Review, Latino Book Review, Pleiades, The Wandering Song: An Anthology of the Central American Diaspora, and elsewhere. Originally from San Francisco, she earned an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and now lives in Michigan.