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National Book Festival

Award-winning author Paisley Rekdal is a writer of diverse scope, publishing work in such genres as contemporary nonfiction and poetry. She has been the recipient of many accolades, including a Guggenheim fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes and a Fulbright fellowship. The daughter of a Chinese-American mother and a Norwegian-American father, her latest work, “Intimate: An American Family Photo Album” (Tupelo Press), blends genres of photo album, personal essay, poetry, memoir and historical documentary to create an innovative literary product. Through lenses of race, family, identity and society, this hybrid memoir narrates the stories of Rekdal’s parents, the photographer Edward S. Curtis and Curtis’s murdered Apsaroke guide, Alexander Upshaw.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Paisley Rekdal

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