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Franklin Park Reading Series
Nov 14, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
The Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates rad women writers at its annual “Powerhouse Women Night.” This year’s multigenre edition features six groundbreaking fiction writers, memoirists, and essayists, who’ll be sharing recently published work: Lynne Tillman, Alexandra Kleeman, Chloe Caldwell, Wendy C. Ortiz, Annie DeWitt, and Leigh Stein. The evening includes a $5 draft special and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books. Admission is free.
LYNNE TILLMAN is the author of five novels, four short story collections, two essay collections, and two other nonfiction books. She collaborates often with artists and writes regularly on culture, and her fiction is anthologized widely. Her novel No Lease on Life was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, and her essay collection What Would Lynne Tillman Do? was a finalist for the NBCC Award in Criticism. Professor and Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany, she is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as an Arts Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital.
ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN is the author of the story collection Intimations and the novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, BOMB, and Guernica, among other places, and her nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, ELLE, n+1, The Guardian, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award.
CHLOE CALDWELL is the author of the essay collections I’ll Tell You in Person and Legs Get Led Astray and the novella Women. Her work has appeared in Lenny Letter, Vice, Salon, the Rumpus, the Sun, and Hobart, among other places. She teaches personal essay and memoir writing in New York City and lives in Hudson.
WENDY C. ORTIZ is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. Her work has been profiled or featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Hazlitt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, StoryQuarterly, and in a year-long series at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She lives in Los Angeles.
ANNIE DEWITT is the author of the novel White Nights In Split Town City. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, The Believer, Guernica, Esquire, NOON, BOMB, Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, The New Republic, and Short: An International Anthology, among other places. Her story collection, Closest Without Going Over, was shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy Prize. A co-founding editor of Gigantic, a journal of short prose and art, she holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she now teaches.
LEIGH STEIN is the author of the memoir Land of Enchantment, a novel, The Fallback Plan, and a book of poems, Dispatch from the Future. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit literary organization Out of the Binders. For her advocacy work, she has been called a “leading feminist” by the Washington Post, and a “woman of influence” by New York Business Journal.