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PEN Emerging Voices WEDNESDAY JUL 30, 2014 7:30pm Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that provides new writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. The 2014 Emerging Voices Fellows are Brandon Jordan Brown, Marci Carrillo, Andrés Reconco, Margaret Spilman, Hanne Steen, and Victor Vazquez. Please join us in celebrating the culmination of their fellowship with a public reading followed by a reception.

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JUL 22, 2014 7:30PM TO 9:30PM Called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times, this live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for six minutes or less before a panel of all-star judges. After each reading, the judges take turns spouting hilarious commentary about each story, and then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete for the Literary Death Match crown.

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May 29, 2014, 7:30pm--The Alternative Uses of Real Life in Fiction & Memoir. Donald Antrim is the author of the memoir The Afterlife and the novels Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist. Karl Ove Knausgaard is a Norwegian author best known for his series of six autobiographical books called My Struggle. Mona Simpson is the author of Anywhere But Here, Off Keck Road, My Hollywood, and Casebook.

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May 14, 2014, 7:30pm--Frank Bidart. Frank Bidart’s most recent full-length collections of poetry are Watching the Spring Festival, Star Dust, Desire, and In the Western Night: Collected Poems, 1965–90. He has won many prizes, including the Wallace Stevens Award, and, most recently, the 2007 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. He teaches at Wellesley College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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May 8, 2014, 7:30pm--Mona Simpson. Mona Simpson’s novels include My Hollywood, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road, The Lost Father, and Anywhere But Here. On the faculty of UCLA’s English department and the organizer of the Hammer’s Some Favorite Writers series for eight years, she has just published a new novel, Casebook. Oscar winning director David O. Russell joins Simpson for a dialogue about Casebook.

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April 17, 2014, 7:30pm--Kevin Young. Kevin Young is the author of Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times notable book for 2012, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and winner of the PEN Open Award. His new volume of poems is Book of Hours.

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April 3, 2014, 7:30pm--Peter Gizzi. Peter Gizzi is the author of Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and fellowships in poetry from the Fund for Poetry, The Rex Foundation, Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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March 4, 2014, 7:30pm--Yiyun Li. Yiyun Li’s debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the multiple awards including the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her novel The Vagrants, won the California Book Award gold medal for fiction. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, her second collection, was a Story Prize finalist. In 2010 she received the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Her recent novel is Kinder Than Solitude.

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February 20, 2014, 7:30pm--John Jeremiah Sullivan. John Jeremiah Sullivan is an American writer and editor. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, and southern editor of the Paris Review. His books include the memoir Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter’s Son and Pulphead: Essays, an anthology of 14 updated magazine articles.

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January 23, 2014, 7:30pm--Karen Holmberg. Karen Holmberg’s second book of poems, Axis Mundi, won the John Ciardi Prize. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, New England Review, Nimrod, West Branch, Cave Wall, Black Warrior Review, Poetry East, Indiana Review, and Cimarron Review. She teaches poetry writing in the MFA program at Oregon State University, which she currently directs.

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January 16, 2014, 7:30pm--Mary Jo Salter. Mary Jo Salter is the author of the poetry collection Nothing by Design and six previous collections. She has also written a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home, and is coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. She is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.

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December 10, 2013, 7:30pm--A. Scott Berg. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner A. Scott Berg has authored biographies about the legendary editor Maxwell Perkins, the filmmaker Samuel Goldwyn, the aviator Charles Lindbergh, and the actress Katharine Hepburn, each one a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. His new book, Wilson, details the life of the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.

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December 3, 2013, 7:30pm--Dana Spiotta. Dana Spiotta is the author of Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of 2011. It was named a best book of 2011 by the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, and Salon. She is also author of the acclaimed novels Lightning Field and Eat the Document. Spiotta lives in central New York and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

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November 12, 2013, 7:30pm-- Ayana Mathis. Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Haiti, her first novel and a New York Times best-seller, was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

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November 10, 2013, 5:00pm-- The Pity of War. In honor of Veterans Day, we offer an evening of the poetry that inspired composer Benjamin Britten (1913–1976). This program includes readings of the work of Wilfred Owen and a selection Britten’s contemporaries, W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, and W. B. Yeats.

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November 1, 2013, 7:30pm-- Madeline Miller. Madeline Miller’s debut novel The Song of Achilles—awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction—is a thrilling retelling of the Iliad and the legend of Achilles. Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years.

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October 29, 2013, 7:30pm-- Dracula! Perfusing music, theater, cinema, and visual arts, Dracula is perhaps best known for inspiring some of the most chilling and erotic imagery in literature. Experts and enthusiasts Jonathan Grossman, Leslie Klinger, Elizabeth Miller, and David Skal join Mona Simpson to present selected vampire writings and speculate on society’s eternal fan(g)dom for this shape-shifting, undead archvillain. Costumes welcome.

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October 24, 2013, 7:30pm-- Jorie Graham. Jorie Graham is the author of 11 collections of poetry, including The Dream of the Unified Field, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Graham is the first woman to hold the Boylston Professorship in the Department of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, a chair with an illustrious lineage dating back to John Quincy Adams.

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July 16, 2013, 7:30pm---PEN Emerging Voices. Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that provides new writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. The 2013 Emerging Voices Fellows are Elle Brooks, Krisserin Canary, Terrance Flynn, Kima Jones, Tommy Moore, and Lilliam Rivera. Please join us to celebrate the culmination of their fellowship with a public reading followed by a reception.

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June 26, 2013, 7:30pm---Literary Death Match. Called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times, this live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for six minutes or less before an all-star panel of three judges. After each reading, the judges take turns spouting hilarious commentary about each story, then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete for the Literary Death Match crown.

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April 18, 2013, 07:30 PM | Alice Fulton is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Cascade Experiment, Felt, and The Nightingales of Troy. Her honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, and the Editors’ Prize in Fiction. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthologies.

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Books aren't made of pages and words. They're made of hopes, dreams, and possibilities.

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