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Events and Readings

The Parlor Reading Series

Fall 2019

Johnny Payne
Johnny Payne is the author of the novels The Hard Side of the River and Bedfellows.  His poetry collections Heaven of Ashes and Vassal were published by TCK Press. His most recent plays are Los Feliz and Cannibals.

Jorge Ortega
Jorge Ortega is a Mexican poet and essayist born in Mexicali, Baja California, in 1972. PhD in Spanish Philology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte de México (National System of Art Creators of Mexico) since 2007. He has issued a dozen poetry titles from publishing companies in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, United States and Canada, among those who stand out Ajedrez de polvo (tsé-tsé, 2003), Estado del tiempo (Hiperión, 2005), Guía de forasteros (Bonobos, 2014), Devoción por la piedra (Mantis, 2016) and Bedouins (Molossus, 2014). His poems, book reviews and articles have appeared in different literary magazines from Latin America, such as Letras Libres, NexosQuimeraRevista de Occidente and Periódico de Poesía, as well as others published in English in the Bulletin of Hispanic StudiesThe Black HeraldThe Bitter Oleander, World Literature TodayPoetry International and International Poetry Review

Laila Lalami
Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was on the Man Booker Prize longlist and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostThe NationHarper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times.  The recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. Her new novel, The Other Americans, was published by Pantheon in March 2019. You can order it on IndieBound and Amazon.

Elaine Kahn
Elaine Kahn is the author of Women in Public (City Lights, 2015), as well as several chapbooks including I Told You I Was Sick: A Romance (After Hours, Ltd., 2017), A Voluptuous Dream During An Eclipse (Poor Claudia, 2012) and Customer (Ecstatic Peace! Library, 2010). A new book Romance or The End is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press. Her writing has appeared in FriezeBrooklyn RailJubilat, Poetry FoundationArt Papers, and elsewhere. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and teaches at Pomona College and the Poetry Field School. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Spring 2020

Chris Dennis
Chris Dennis is the author of the short story collection Here Is What You Do. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also received a postgraduate fellowship. His work has appeared in Granta, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Literary Hub, and West Branch.

Emily Brandt
Emily Brandt is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Falsehood, as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in many journals including LitHub, The Recluse, and Washington Square Review, and anthologies including Inheriting the War and Brooklyn Poets Anthology. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. She earned her BA in Psychology, English, and Women’s Studies from Boston University, her M.Ed from Pace University, and an MFA from New York University, where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, curator of the LINEAGE reading series at Wendy’s Subway, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school. 

Amanda Goldblatt
Amanda Goldblatt’s stories and essays can be found at NOON, Fence, Diagram, and elsewhere. She was a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, and teaches at Northeastern Illinois University. Her debut novel Hard Mouth, an adventure novel about grief, was published by Counterpoint in 2019. 

Dan Bevacqua
Dan Bevacqua’s first novel Molly Bit will be published by Simon and Schuster (February 2020). His short fiction and criticism have appeared in Electric Literature, the New Orleans ReviewThe New Inquiry, Words Without BordersThe Literary Review, and The Best American Mystery Stories. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Western New England University.

Brian Evenson
BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press 2019, A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press 2016), and the novella The Warren (Tor.com 2016). His story collection Windeye and his novel Immobility  were both finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the 2010 ALA-RUSA Award. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue.He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, and David B. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. His work has been translated into Czech, French, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Persian, Russia, Spanish, Slovenian, and Turkish. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.

Readings begin at 6:30 pm. They're held in the Building 10 Parlor. Refreshments abound, books are sold, and in-depth Q&As follow.