Erin Keane, author of Runaway (Belt Publishing 2022) will be in conversation with Raechel Anne Jolie on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. at Mac's Backs.
Erin Keane is a critic, poet, essayist, and journalist. She’s the author of three collections of poetry, and editor of The Louisville Anthology (Belt Publishing). Her writing has appeared in many publications and anthologies, and in 2018, she co-produced and co-hosted the limited audio series These Miracles Work: A Hold Steady Podcast. She is editor in chief at Salon, where she has worked since 2014, and she teaches in the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University.
Raechel Anne Jolie is a writer and educator living in Ohio on Erie and Mississauga land. They are the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Rust Belt Femme which was named in NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020. Her other writing has appeared in The Baffler, In These Times and Novara Media among others. Jolie’s work explores radical social movements, theories of and toward liberation, queerness, class, pop culture, healing justice, and more. During an awarded residency stay at The Future Minneapolis, she co-wrote, edited, and published The Prison Arcana Tarot Zine. The zine was created in collaboration with the incarcerated writer c.l. Young and incarcerated artist Jamie Diaz. Jolie has been a featured keynote speaker at conferences and symposia at the University of Kentucky, Bloomsburg University, Western Oregon University, and Whitman College.
In 1970, Erin Keane’s mother ran away from home for the first time. She was thirteen years old. At fifteen, she met a man in New York City and married him. He was thirty-six. Through a deft balance of journalistic digging, cultural criticism, and poetic reimagining, Keane pieces together the true story of her mother’s teenage years, questioning almost everything she’s been told about her parents and their relationship. Along the way, she also considers how pop culture has kept similar narratives alive in her. At stake within Runaway are some of the most profound questions we can ask ourselves: What’s true? What gets remembered? Who gets to tell the stories that make us who we are?