Most readings are held at 7:30 PM in Room 401 Penn, and are followed by Q&A sessions and receptions with the authors. Workshops are at 3:00-4:30 PM, location to be announced. All are free and open to the public.
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Chinelo Okparanta and Lauren Grodstein
Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She received her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she served as a Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer. She is the author of ‘America’ (2012), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. She has been nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship in Literature, and her collection of short stories, Happiness, Like Water (2013) was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
Lauren Grodstein’s New York Times bestselling novel, A Friend of the Family, was named a Washington Post Book of the Year, an Amazon.com Best Book, and a January Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year. She is the author of two previous novels and a short story collection, and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Post Road, The Ontario Review, and Salon. Her newest novel, The Explanation for Everything, will be published in fall ’13.
A. Van Jordan and Rachel Kushner
A. Van Jordan is the author of The Cineaste, Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, and Quantum Lyrics. Among other awards, he has received the Whiting Award, the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the Pushcart Prize. A professor of English at the University of Michigan, he lives in Ann Arbor.
Rachel Kushner’s new novel, The Flamethrowers, was published in April, 2013. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer,Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.
Sidney Wade and Curtis Bauer
Sidney Wade is the author of six collections of poetry: Straits & Narrows (2013), Stroke (2008), Celestial Bodies (2002), Empty Sleeves (1990); Green (1998); and Istanbul’dan/From Istanbul (1998), which was published in Turkish and English by Yapi Kredi Yayinlari, Istanbul. Professor Wade is the poetry editor of Subtropics. She served as President of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) from 2006–2007.
Curtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections: his first book, Fence Line, won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize; Spanish Sketchbook is a bilingual English/Spanish collection published in Spain; and The Real Cause for Your Absence. Bauer is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish, including Talisman, by José de María Romero Barea, Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias, as well as individual poems and prose from numerous Spanish and South American writers. He is the publisher and editor of Q Ave Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, Assistant Editor, and “Emerging Spanish Poets” Series Editor for Vaso Roto Ediciones. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Kristen Iversen and Danzy Senna
Kristen Iversen grew up in Colorado and is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, winner of the 2013 Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award in Nonfiction. Full Body Burden was chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association and Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic. She is also the author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction, and a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction.
Danzy Senna is the author of the national bestselling novel Caucasia, winner of the Book of the Month Award for First Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Caucasia was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and has been translated into eight languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Ms. Senna is also the author of the novel Symptomatic, and the memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History, which she researched and wrote as a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Her latest work, a story collection, You Are Free, was recently published by Riverhead Books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Percival Everett, and their sons, Henry and Miles.
Chris Ware is one of the leading cartoonists and graphic novelists working today. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Ware was the cartoonist chosen to inaugurate the New York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages” section in late 2005. His most recent book, Building Stories, was a New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year, and was also, amongst other honors, awarded four Eisner Awards. He is currently at work on a long-form graphic novel, Rusty Brown.
Jessica Hagedorn and Rachel Pastan
Conversation on Craft: Hagedon
Jessica Hagedorn’s most recent novel is Toxicology. She is also the author of the novels Dogeaters, which was a National Book Award finalist, The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty. A former Guggenheim fellow, she edited the Asian American literary anthology Charlie Chan is Dead. She currently directs the MFA program at Long Island University.
Rachel Pastan is the author of the novels Lady of the Snakes (Harcourt) and This Side of Married (Viking). A member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she is also Editor-at-Large for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where she writes the blog Miranda. Her new novel, Alena, will be published in January.
Publishing Panel with Agents and Editors: Dan Conaway and Rebecca Saletan
Before joining Writers House as a literary agent four years ago, Dan Conaway worked as Executive Editor at Putnam, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, and Director of Literary Acquisitions at PolyGram Films. He also wrote about publishing under the pseudonym “Mad Max Perkins” at the blog BookAngst 101.
Rebecca Saletan is Vice President and Editorial Director of Riverhead Books. Prior to coming to Riverhead in 2009 she was Editor in Chief, then Publisher, of the adult trade group at Harcourt, and subsequently at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Over the course of three decades in publishing, Ms. Saletan has acquired and edited a range of award-winning and bestselling books. In fiction, her authors include Mohsin Hamid, Junot Díaz, Ivan Doig, and Claire Vaye Watkins. The nonfiction writers she has worked with include Hanna Rosin, Masha Gessen, Diane McWhorter, Rory Stewart, Peter Matthiessen, William Langewiesche, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Saletan began in publishing at Yale University Press and has also held editorial positions at Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she was editorial director of North Point Press.
Percival Everett is the author of more than twenty novels, three collections of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry. Among his novels, all published by Graywolf, are Percival Everett by Virgil Russell (2013), Assumption (2011), I Am Not Sidney Poitier (2009), The Water Cure (2008), Wounded, Glyph, Erasure, Zulus, Watershed, and God’s Country. His poetry collections are Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2011) and re: f(gesture), both published by Red Hen Press. He is the recipient of the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the Academy Award from an American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, The Believer Book Award, The Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, and a New American Writing Award.
Sponsored partially by the National Endowment for the Arts.