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  • Daniel Alarcon: Sept 17, 2014 @ 7:30pm, Claeys Lounge

    Daniel Alarcón is co-founder and Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante. An award-winning journalist and novelist, his books include War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, which was named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. In 2009, he won the International Literature Award, and in 2010 The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers Under 40, and his most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award. He has served as Associate Editor of the Peruvian magazine Etiqueta Negra since 2004.

  • Hoa Nguyen & Rachel Zucker: Oct 1, 2014 @ 7:30pm, Claeys Lounge

    Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX, their home of 14 years. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks including As Long As Trees Last. She currently lives in Toronto where she curates a reading series and teaches poetics in a private workshop and at Ryerson University. Wave Books will release Red Juice, a gathering of her early poems, in September 2014.

  • Hoa Nguyen & Rachel Zucker: Oct 1, 2014 @ 7:30pm, Claeys Lounge

    Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, a memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry,The Pedestrians. Her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2013. Zucker teaches poetry at New York University and lives in New York City with her husband and their three sons.

  • Aviya Kushner: Nov 19, 2014 @ 7:30pm Claeys Lounge

    Aviya Kushner’s first book, The Grammar of God, about the experience of reading the Bible in English after a lifetime of reading it in Hebrew, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau / Random House in 2015. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space, The Wilson Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Her poems, reviews, and translations have appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches in the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago and is a contributing editor at A Public Space.

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