Writers Reading: Raw Materials – A Conversation on Addiction and Memoir

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Award-winning writer Joshua Mohr to read and discuss the art of memoir.

This is an in-person program.

After years of hard-won sobriety, while rebuilding a life with his wife and young daughter, Joshua Mohr suffers a stroke at the age of thirty-five, uncovering a heart condition requiring surgery. And fentanyl, one of his myriad drugs of choice, is prescribed. This forced “freelapse” should fix his heart, but what will it do to his sobriety? And what if it doesn’t work? These questions shape the vivid, uncanny language in Mohr’s latest memoir, Model Citizen. Join Joshua for a reading, followed by a conversation moderated by Dr. Jennifer A. Reimer, Assistant Professor and Program Director for OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA program. The event will include a book-signing.

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoirs Model Citizen (2021) and Sirens, as well as five novels including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.

Jennifer A. Reimer, Assistant Professor of American Studies and MFA Program Coordinator at Oregon State University Cascades, received her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. She has numerous scholarly and creative publications. As a scholar, Jennifer writes about poetry, race, gender, and migration. She is the author of The Rainy Season Diaries (2013) and Keşke (2022). Jennifer has lived and worked in Cyprus, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Spain and France.

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