Shelly Oria: Visions of Place

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Black Box Theater, Fine Arts Building

Shelly OriaShelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. Her short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, came out from FSG and Random House Canada in 2014. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, fivechapters, and Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading among other places, and won the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, a Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship in Bulgaria, and the LMCC Workspace Residency among other awards. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches fiction at Pratt Institute, where she also co-directs the Writers’ Forum.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Lynne Barrett

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Penn 401, Paul Robeson Library

Aimee NezhukumatathilAimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. Poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, New England Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Slate, and others. She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the Glenna Luschia Prize from Prairie Schooner, and the Angoff Award from The Literary Review. She teaches at the State University of New York-Fredonia.

Lynne BarrettLynne Barrett is the author of the story collections Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards), The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go. She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash and co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion. She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story and an NEA fellowship, and her work can be found in Trouble in the Heartland: Stories Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Fifteen Views of Miami, One Year to a Writing Life, Wraparound South, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. Originally from New Jersey, she teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and is editor of The Florida Book Review.

Lee Herrick & Matthew Salesses

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Penn 401, Paul Robeson Library

Matthew SalessesMatthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood, from Little A/Amazon Publishing. His other books include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (a novel in flash, Civil Coping Mechanisms), The Last Repatriate (a novella, Nouvella), Different Racisms (essays, Thought Catalog Books), and Our Island of Epidemics (a chapbook, [PANK] Little Books). In November 2015, Gazillion Strong will serialize his illustrated Korean drama/novel, Marked, which can be supported on Patreon.

Lee HerrickLee Herrick is the Fresno Poet Laureate (2015–2017) and the author of Gardening Secrets of the Dead (WordTech Editions, 2012) and This Many Miles from Desire (WordTech Editions, 2007). His poems have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Review, ZZYZYVA, Berkeley Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Asali Solomon & Ross Gay

Wednesdsay, September 16, 2015
Paul Robeson Library

AsaliAsali Solomon received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for the stories later collected in Get Down, her first book, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. In 2007, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Solomon teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.

Ross GayRoss Gay is the author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliff Institute. Gay teaches at Indiana University.