Stuart Dybek-A Closer Look at Metaphor

  • December 16, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House 760 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093


Hybrid Session. Registration will open later.

Metaphor.  It’s a word that immediately brings poetry to mind and is of course essential to the genre, but figurative language is essential to the art of writing in general no matter the genre.  It overarches genre.  And communication beyond the boundary of literature—especially advertising, political persuasion, religious narratives, etc. all employ it.  The human brain is wired to think metaphorically.  In a way metaphor is the algebra of language. Its imagery reigns within us even as we sleep in the figurative language of dreams. In this session we will spend some time focused on figurative language and thinking about how metaphor can be used in stories and poems.

Stuart Dybek's The Start of Something: Selected Stories by Stuart Dybek was published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage in 2016, and two new collections of fiction, Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Lantern, were published simultaneously by FSG in June 2014. Dybek’s previous books of fiction are Childhood and Other NeighborhoodsThe Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed with Magellan. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Brass Knuckles and Streets In Their Own Ink. His work is widely anthologized and appears in publications such as The New YorkerHarpersThe AtlanticTin HouseGrantaZoetropePloughshares, and Poetry. Dybek is the recipient of many literary awards including the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize for “distinguished achievement in the short story”, a Lannan Award, the Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Harold Washington Literary Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four O’Henry Prizes. 

His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and in Best American Fiction. In 2007, he was awarded both a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Rea Award for the Short Story. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.

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