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Reading // David Olimpio & Donald Quist // Awst Press

07/30/2016 03:00 PM

@ Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW

Reading // David Olimpio & Donald Quist // Awst Press

Author David Olimpio will be at Upshur Street Books to read from his new nonfiction collection THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION, published by Awst Press (awst-press.com).

Reading with him will be Donald Quist whose book HARBORS is forthcoming from Awst Press this fall.

Light snacks/refreshments will be served.

Through these powerful and insightful essays, David Olimpio explores the residual effects of sexual abuse, divorce, and grief. With surprising candor and a disarming sense of humor, Olimpio takes on the outwardly-wholesome landscape of his childhood spent in a suburban Houston neighborhood and the complex sexual relationships in his adult life. Both poignant and poetic, This Is Not a Confession leaves us with a sense that our identities have the power to transcend our circumstances.

"In the end, our stories are the most powerful things we have," David Olimpio writes in THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION. Born not of a singular form but forged from many - essay, memoir, hybrid, collage - this book is as textured and varied as the human experience. It may defy easy classification, but readers will agree: here is an unforgettable debut that will shatter you. With devastating honesty and keen, poetic insight, Olimpio captures the fluidity of time and selfhood as he pierces the heart of the age-old question: What makes us? “We create our memories; they do not create us."
-Sara Lippmann, Author Doll House: Stories

“A truly extraordinary piece of writing with a graceful economy of style and zero pretension, This is Not a Confession is also not “misery memoir.” It is wry and witty and brutally honest without the cheap shock factor. You will want to read it at least twice.”
-Sarah Lotz, Author of Day Four and The Three

About David:
David Olimpio grew up in Texas, but currently lives and writes in Northern New Jersey. He believes that we create ourselves through the stories we tell, and that is what he aims to do every day. Usually, you can find him driving his truck around the Garden State with his dogs. He has been published in Barrelhouse, The Nervous Breakdown, The Austin Review, Rappahannock Review, Crate, and others. His debut nonfiction collection THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION (Awst Press, 2016) wants your eyeballs. You can find more about him at davidolimpio.com, including links to his writing and photography. He Tweets, Instagrams, and Tumbles as @notsolinear and would love for you to join him.

About Donald:
Donald Quist is a writer and English lecturer living in Bangkok, Thailand. He is author of the short story collection Let Me Make You a Sandwich and the nonfiction collection Harbors (fall 2016). His work has appeared in North American Review, The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, J Journal, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Cleaver, The Nervous Breakdown, The Adroit Journal, Pithead Chapel,Numéro Cinq, Publishers Weekly and other print and online publications. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, runner-up for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize and a winner of the E.L. Doctorow and Peter Matthiessen Authors Competition from the Writers’ Workshop of Asheville. He is co-host of the Poet in Bangkok podcast and serves as Fiction Editor for Atlas and Alice. He received a fellowship from Kimbilio Fiction and earned his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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