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NYWW @ RED ROOM: An Evening with Akashic Books & Feminist Press Authors

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


C.J. FARLEY has worked as a senior editor for the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, and is the author of such novels as Game World, Kingston by Starlight, and My Favorite War. Farley served as consulting producer on the Peabody-winning HBO documentary Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and wrote the best-selling biographies Aaliyah: More Than a Woman and Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley. Farley, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, is a graduate of Harvard and a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He is currently an executive editor at Audible. His latest novel is Around Harvard Square.

ZACHARY LIPEZ lives in New York City, where he has tended bar for the last twenty years. He is a regular contributor to Noisey, and his music and culture writing have also appeared in Vice, Hazlitt, Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, Talkhouse, Inc., and Penthouse. His collaborations with Akashic Books, Nick Zinner, and Stacy Wakefield are Please Take Me Off the Guest List and 131 Different Things.

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, IVELISSE RODRIGUEZ grew up in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She earned a BA in English from Columbia University, an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and a PhD in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her debut short story collection, Love War Stories, is a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. She has also published fiction in All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, Obsidian, Kweli, the Boston Review, and other publications. She was a senior fiction editor at Kweli and is a Kimbilio fellow and a VONA/Voices alum.

ANA CASTILLO is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year; as well as Peel My Love Like an Onion; Give It to Me; Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma; Black Dove; and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Castillo’s numerous honors and awards include the Sor Juana Achievement Award from the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, the Carl Sandburg Award, and fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and poetry. She was the first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University and has been the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MI, as well as poet-in-residence at Westminster College in Utah. In 2013 she received the American Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa Prize, and in 2014 she held the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University in Illinois.