F149. Fifty Years of First Books

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a reading by former Fellows Ari Banias, Nick Flynn, Ada Limón, and Sam Ross, all of whom came to the Work Center before the publication of their first books. They'll also share memories of their seven months in Provincetown, and discuss the impact residencies and fellowships have had on the crucial early stages of their writing careers.


Sophia Starmack is the Fellowship Writing Coordinator at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry and a finalist of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her new book The Carrying has been called "her best yet" by National Public Radio.

Sam Ross is the author of Company. His work has appeared in Tin House, Denver Quarterly, New Republic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. 

Leila Chatti


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center