The Stories She Carries
What: An hour of readings from AWP writers
When: February 27, 2014 at 6:00PM
Where: The Center Theatre Lobby
To celebrate the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle, Book-It is partnering with 5 celebrated writers for a cocktail hour of author readings, Book-It Style staged readings, and a Q&A.
The event is free to the public. Attendees of the happy hour will receive a special $5 discount code to that evening’s Frankenstein performance.
Rosebud Ben Oni
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A Leopold Schepp Scholar at New York University, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Short Story and The Thomas Wolfe/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Poetry Collection. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2010, her short story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor’s Prize for Best Short Story in Camera Obscura: A Journal of Contemporary Literature and Photography. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Bayou, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Lana Turner Journal and Puerto del Sol. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, her debut book of poems SOLECISM was published by Virtual Artists Collective in March 2013. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND (herkind.org) at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org). Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier’s debut fiction collection, Collateral Damage: A Triptych, is winner of the RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize of 2013. Collateral Damage has earned high praise from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Antonya Nelson, Molly Giles and others. Soma’s work has also placed in literary competitions including Zoetrope’s and the Mississippi Review’s; won nods from Robert Olen Butler, Jim Shepard and others; been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and earned multiple honors including one piece, which originally appeared in Carve Magazine, being named a Notable Story of 2009 by the storySouth Million Writers Award authors. Current work is available in Glimmer Train, issue 89. New work will appear in Glimmer Train in 2015 – and Soma is hard at work on a novel. An East Coast native, she lives in Northern California and works at KQED, the San Francisco Bay Area’s public media source.
francine j. harris
francine j. harris’ first collection, allegiance, reached the number one spot on the national poetry bestseller’s list and in 2013 has been a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including recent publications in Sou’Wester, B O D Y and Southern Indiana Review. Originally from Detroit, she is a Cave Canem fellow and is the Front Street Writers Writer-in-Residence in Traverse City, Michigan for the 2013/14 school year.
Millicent Borges Accardi
Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American poet, author of three books: Injuring Eternity (World Nouveau), Woman on a Shaky Bridge (chapbook), and Only More So (Salmon Press forthcoming). A CantoMundo fellow, she has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Luso Foundation (FLAD), Barbara Deming “Money for Women” and the California Arts Council. Recently, she has been visiting faculty at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA; Nimrod Writers Conference in Tulsa, OK and “The Gathering” at Keystone College, PA. She is interview editor at Poets Quarterly and organizes the Kale Soup for the Soul reading series. Millicent lives in Topanga, CA. Follow her on Twitter @TopangaHippie
Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst. She’s a Cave Canem fellow, and the author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, won the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry and was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards, and the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards. A 2013–14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and an advisory board member for Flying Object, Arisa is a BFA faculty member at Goddard College. arisawhite.com
The AWP Conference is an annual gathering of upwards of 10,000 writers and literary professionals whom Seattle will be hosting February 26 – March 1, 2014.
From the AWP website: “Each year, AWP holds its Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city to celebrate the authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers of that region. More than 12,000 writers and readers attended our 2013 conference, and over 650 exhibitors were represented at our bookfair. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.”