CANCELLED U of U Guest Writers Series: David Shields and Miranda Mellis


Each year, the Guest Writers Series at the University of Utah brings distinguished authors to Salt Lake City. Their goal is to provide our community with an opportunity to engage in a dynamic, educational and inspiring relationship with literature. They aim to bring in a diverse array of voices and perspectives, and to provide a platform for an enriching dialogue between their authors and the audience.

All events are free and open to the public.

April 2nd features David Shields and Miranda Mellis.

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Other People: Takes & Mistakes (NYTBR Editors’ Choice). Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention was published in 2018; The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power appeared in 2019. James Franco’s film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, which Shields co-wrote and co-stars in, was released in 2017 (available now on Amazon, iTunes/Apple TV, Vudu, Vimeo, Kanopy, and Google Play); Shields wrote, produced, and directed Lynch: A History, a documentary film about Marshawn Lynch’s use of silence, echo, and mimicry as key tools of resistance (rave reviews in the New Yorker, the Nation, and dozens of other publications; film festival awards all over the world; available now on all of the same platforms listed above). A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published fiction and nonfiction in the New York Times MagazineHarper’sEsquireYale ReviewSalonSlateTin HouseA Public SpaceMcSweeney’sBelieverHuffington PostLos Angeles Review of Books, and Best American Essays. His books have been translated into two dozen languages.

Miranda Mellis is the author of Demystifications (forthcoming, Solid Objects 2018); The Instead, a book-length dialogue with Emily Abendroth (Carville Annex 2016); The Quarry (Trafficker Press, 2013); The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012); None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press, 2012); Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009); and The Revisionist (Calamari Press, 2007). Her stories and essays have appeared in various publications including Harper’s, The Believer, Conjunctions, the New York Times, Fence, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction, and has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and Millay Colony. She is an editor at The Encyclopedia Project and teaches at The Evergreen State College. Raised in the city of San Francisco, she now lives in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102