Philly X 5: Set to Prose

113C, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Hear from prose writers on Philly activism, Philly café life, Philly poverty, and how Philadelphians struggle with Philly's creative economy as written in their latest works. How do five authors approach the layers, neighborhoods, tensions, despairs, and sheer pretty brickness of a city the New York Times once hypothesized as “the sixth borough”? The “New York novel” is its own beast, but these authors demonstrate that prose set in Philly is a capture all its own.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Philly_X_5.pdf



Caren Beilin is the author of a novel, Revenge of the Scapegoat. Other books include Blackfishing the IUD and Spain. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Hilary Plum's books include Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and Watchfires, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. She teaches at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program and is associate director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

Marc Anthony Richardson is author of Messiahs and Year of the Rat, winner of an American Book Award. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award, a PEN America grant, a Sachs Program grant, and a Hurston/Wright fellowship. Currently, he teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Abendroth’s newest book, Sousveillance Pageant, coasts restlessly between fiction, poetry, and research essay. She is author of the poetry collection ]Exclosures[ and The Instead, a book-length collaborative conversation with fiction writer Miranda Mellis. 

Joseph Earl Thomas is a writer from Frankford whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Philadelphia Stories, Gulf Coast, the Offing, and the Kenyon Review.


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