Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and three works of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel, as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and  fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. The Chronology of Water won the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice 2012 and the PNBA Award 2012, and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA creative nonfiction award. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It, Forms At War, Wreckage of Reason. She teaches writing, literature, film, and women’s studies in Oregon.


Dora: A Headcase

  • Introduction by Chuck Palahniuk
  • fiction

Dora is too much for Sigmund Freud but she’s just right for us – raunchy, sharp and so funny it hurts.

Katherine Dunn
author of Geek Love

Ida needs a shrink; or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, who she nicknames Siggy and Sig, Ida begins a coming of age journey. At the beginning of her therapy Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her...Forward

The Chronology of Water

  • Introduction by Chelsea Cain
  • nonfiction / memoir

This is the book I’ve been waiting to read all of my life.

Cheryl Strayed
author of Torch

This is not your mother’s memoir. Lifelong swimmer and Olympic hopeful Lidia Yuknavitch accepts a college swimming scholarship in Texas in order to escape an abusive father and an alcoholic, suicidal mother. After losing her scholarship to drugs and alcohol, Lidia moves to Eugene and enrolls in...Forward

Readings and events

Friday, 3 June 2016 at 10:00 am|

Lidia Yuknavitch teaches a writing workshop at Lit Fest, Denver, CO

Lit Fest is our two-week celebration of the literary arts, with workshops in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and more. During Lit Fest, we host events day and night—including salons and business panels, free readings, visiting authors, a book fair, and the opening and closing parties.

Lit Fest 2016 will take place from June 3-17. Juried workshop instructors include returning faculty Steve Almond, Lidia Yuknavitch, Rebecca Makkai, and Emily Rapp Black, as well as newbies Ben Lerner, Jenny Offill, Jericho Brown, Alexandra Fuller, and Li-Young Lee. We’ll also be offering a weeklong, non-juried workshop with Claire Vaye Watkins.

For more details, go to Lit Fest.

locationLighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race St, Denver, CO 80206
303 297-1185


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