F212. A Reading and Conversation with Chris Abani and Chang-rae Lee, Sponsored by the University of Washington Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics

Ballroom ABC, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Chris Abani, author of numerous works of prose and poetry, and Chang-rae Lee, author of the novels Native Speaker and The Surrendered, will present readings of their award-winning work, followed by a discussion moderated by Steph Opitz.



Steph Opitz is the literary director of the Texas Book Festival, the fiction co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival, and the book reviewer for Marie Claire.

Chris Abani's prose includes Song For Night, GraceLand, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections include Sanctificum, Feed Me The Sun: Collected Long Poems, and Kalakuta Republic. He is a professor at the University of California Riverside and the recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN/Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN/Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and most recently, The Surrendered, which in 2011 won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His new novel, On Such A Full Sea, is forthcoming. His other awards and citations include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy in Rome. He is a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center