Following a public reading on Thursday evening, November 6, 2014, author Eula Biss, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the author of the recently published book On Immunity: An Inoculation, participated in a moderated discussion at the Forum for Scholars and Publics that addressed the intersections of vaccination, public health, metaphor and art — some of the topics taken up in Biss’s book. Biss was joined by Saiba Varma, PhD, Lecturing Fellow in Duke University’s Thompson Writing Program, and by Barry Saunders, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. The discussion was moderated by CDS writer-in-residence, Duncan Murrell. The FSP event concluded Biss’s two day residency at Duke, which was the first in the new Kenan-CDS Visiting Writers Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art.
Author and Essayist
Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, and The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers' Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper's. Eula Biss and John Bresland are the Chicago-based band STET Everything.