Franklin Park Reading Series
May
13
8:00 PM20:00

Franklin Park Reading Series

Juliet Escoria (Juliet the Maniac, Witch Hunt, Black Cloud), Michele Filgate (What My Mother and I Don't Talk About), Evan James (Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe), Dennis Norris II (Awst Collection -- Dennis Norris !!), and Kim Coleman Foote (The Missouri Review, Black Renaissance Noire).

Free Admission, $5 craft brews, plus a free-to-enter raffle for the authors' books!

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Red Ink Series: Authenticity
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Red Ink Series: Authenticity

Red Ink is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate, and co-sponsored by Literary Hub. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. The next discussion, “Authenticity,” will feature Mira Jacob (Good Talk), Jennifer Pastiloff (On Being Human), Deborah Landau (Soft Targets), Grace Talusan (The Body Papers), and Hannah Tinti (The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley).

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Mar
28
3:00 PM15:00

AWP Panel/Writing the Mother Wound

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1  
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm 

We live in a culture that idealizes mother love, and shames those who question it. Five multi-genre writers share how they address and interrogate the complex realities of mother-daughter relationships. How do we push back on the silence imposed on those who are un-mothered, abused, or choose to not be mothers themselves? How do we use our lives as fodder to create stories that are realistic and not overly sentimental, with the audacity of truth? 

Moderator: 

Vanessa Martir has been published in The Rumpus and Roxane Gay’s anthology Not That Bad, among others. She is the founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop which she teaches online and in person in NYC. Vanessa is working on finishing her memoir A Dim Capacity for Wings

Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls, forthcoming from Algonquin, and recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Kenyon Review. Her work appears in The Best American EssaysLongreads, and The New York Times Style Magazine

Elisabet Velasquez is Latina writer from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been published by NBC, WeAreMiTu, and AJ+. She is the 2017 Button Poetry Video Prize Winner. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD

Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of The Enchanted and The Child Finder, novels inspired by her work on death row and with sex trafficking victims. Her work has won numerous prestigious awards. In addition to her activism and writing, she has been a foster-adoptive mother for over twenty years. 

Michele Filgate is the editor of What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About, forthcoming. She’s a contributing editor at Literary Hub, and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She teaches creative nonfiction for Catapult and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

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Mar
28
12:00 PM12:00

AWP Panel/Show Me The Money: Making Ends Meet in the Literary World

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1  
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm 

Five writers with experience in developing literary magazines, small presses, reading series, and other literary endeavors will have an in-depth discussion about the financial realities of the literary community that too often remain hidden. We’ll consider how these financial realities differ across race and gender, the importance of transparency, and how these disparities can be addressed within existing structures and outside of them. 

Moderator: 

Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near New York City. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of TheRumpus.net.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow, contributing editor to Electric Literature, editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life - A Short Story Anthology, and team member of the nonprofit I, Too Arts.

Ashley Ford is an essayist, editor, and columnist with work in PANK magazine, The RumpusCrossed Genre's MagazineELLE MagazineThe Guardian, BuzzFeed.Com, and Literary Orphans.

Michele Filgate is the editor of What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About, forthcoming. She is a contributing editor at Literary Hub, and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She teaches creative nonfiction for Catapult and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. 

Emily Gould is the author of And The Heart Says WhateverFriendship, and the forthcoming Perfect Tunes. With Ruth Curry, she runs Emily Books, which sells and publishes books by women as an imprint of Coffee House Press. She teaches writing in New York City.

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