At Home with Literati: Jeannine Ouellette & Jennifer Pastiloff

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 8:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Jeannine Ouellette to our At Home with Literati Series in support of The Part That Burns. She'll be joined in conversation by Jennifer Pastiloff for an event moderated by Amy Eaton.

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About the book: In her fiercely beautiful memoir, Jeannine Ouellette recollects fragments of her life and arranges them elliptically to witness each piece as torn and whole, as something more than itself. Caught between the dramatic landscapes of Lake Superior and Casper Mountain, between her stepfather's groping and her mother's erratic behavior, Ouellette lives for the day she can become a mother herself and create her own sheltering family. But she cannot know how the visceral reality of both birth and babies will pull her back into the body she long ago abandoned, revealing new layers of pain and desire, and forcing her to choose between her idealistic vision of perfect marriage and motherhood, and the birthright of her own awakening flesh, unruly and alive. The Part That Burns is a story about the tenacity of family roots, the formidable undertow of trauma, and the rebellious and persistent yearning of human beings for love from each other.

Jeannine Ouellette is the author of the memoir The Part That Burns (Split/Lip Press 2021). Her work has appeared widely and been supported with fellowships from Millay Colony for the Arts and Brush Creek Foundation. She teaches creative writing with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. She is also founder and director of Elephant Rock, a creative writing program through which she teaches a groundbreaking virtual workshop called "Writing in the Dark," as well as (when not in a pandemic) in-person retreats combining nature, yoga, breathwork, and puzzling writing exercises that unlock laughter, tears, and revelations on the page in the tradition of John Keats's theory of art as "befriending the unknown." Jeannine earned her MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is working on her first novel.

Jennifer Pastiloff travels the world with her unique workshop On Being Human, a hybrid of yoga-related movement, writing, sharing aloud, and the occasional dance party. She is a frequent contributor to Shape magazine, including Shape Escape at Miraval Resort and the Women Run the World initiative, and has been featured on Good Morning America, New York magazine , Health magazine , and other media outlets for her unique style of teaching, which she has taught to thousands of women in sold-out workshops all over the world. Jen is also the guest speaker at Canyon Ranch, and she leads Writing and the Body workshops with author Lidia Yuknavitch, as well as retreats with Emily Rapp Black. Founder of the online magazine The Manifest-Station, Jen is based in Los Angeles with her husband and son and a cup of coffee.
Amy Eaton is a writer, performer, director and arts educator in Chicago. She has presented at HippoCamp and has creative nonfiction in The Coachella Review and Mulberry Literary. She’s performed Live Lit throughout Chicago including with Write ClubMissSpokenTellin’ Tales Theater, and her one woman show, Photographs of My Mother. You can sometimes catch her and renowned Storyteller Lily Be workshopping stories at their open mic, Blocks and WIPs. 
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The Part That Burns By Jeannine Ouellette Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952897061
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Published: Split/Lip Press - January 4th, 2021

On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard By Jennifer Pastiloff, Lidia Yuknavitch (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743581
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Published: Dutton - June 16th, 2020