Keynote Speaker Announced: HippoCamp 2015 Welcomes “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction”, Lee Gutkind

lee gutkindHippocampus Magazine is pleased (and excited!) to welcome Lee Gutkind to HippoCamp 2015, our inaugural creative writing conference. On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., he will read from his latest book, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, after speaking to attendees about the same topic – writing true stories. A Q&A and book-signing will follow. His book(s) will be available for sale on-site, and throughout the duration of the conference.

Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the author and editor of more than 25 books and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively.  He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

Gutkind has lectured to audiences around the world—from China to the Czech Republic, from Australia to Africa to Egypt.  He has appeared on many national radio and televisions shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), Good Morning America, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, as well as BBC World. 

Gutkind is the recipient of grants and awards from many different organizations, from the National Endowment for the Arts to the National Science Foundation.

A prolific author, his most recent books include An Immense New Power to Heal: The Promise of Personalized Medicine and an anthology, At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die.

His new book, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, is described by Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin, as the “essential and definitive guide to creative nonfiction . . . engaging, useful, indispensable and inspiring.”

HippoCamp is slated for Aug. 7-9, 2015 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. The keynote event, “An Evening With Lee Gutkind,” is included with HippoCamp 2015 conference registration. Depending on if the conference sells out, a limited amount of tickets to the keynote event only might become available to the general public.