Lacy M. Johnson is the author of the memoir The Other Sideas well as the essay collection The Reckonings, both of which have been finalists for the National Book Circle Critics Award. She is also the author of the memoir Trespasses. She holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Houston and currently is an assistant professor of creative writing at Rice University.
When Johnson was an undergraduate, she became involved with a much older man in an abusive relationship, a relationship that eventually led to Johnson being kidnapped by him and locked in a soundproof room with Johnson bolted to a chair—the apartment rented and the room built for the sole purpose of raping and killing Johnson. Johnson managed to escape that night—as did her abuser, who fled to his native Venezuela, but as Johnson’s work reveals, the terror and the impact of that relationship did not end there. Johnson’s writing, both in the memoir and the subsequent essay collection, wrestles with such violence and trauma, and also seeks to shape and give meaning to it, even though both shape and meaning prove elusive. In the essay collection in particular, Johnson draws upon philosophy, literature, art, mythology, anthropology, film, and other fields, as well her own experiences to consider ideas of sexual violence, justice, and retribution.
Wednesday, April 10 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm