Writing News Roundup

January 11, 2022

We are thrilled to bring you the latest in literary events that have caught our attention. These events encompass a range of free and ticketed registration and are not affiliated with AWP. All times are in ET.


Sign up now for “The Five Stages of Ecological Grief: A Poetry Workshop” with instructor Jessica Gigot. This single-session workshop will take place on March 5, 2022, at 4 p.m. and will explore contemporary ecopoets as well as investigate both our interior and exterior landscapes in order to craft new poems. $81 for Hugo House members, $90 for nonmembers.

Come away with Two Trees Writers' Collaborative! Find yourself lakeside in the California mountains. Reconnect with your writing through tarot, folktales, community, and more, led by award-winning novelists/MFA faculty Rahna Reiko Rizzuto and Sherri L. Smith. Ensuites, chef-prepared meals, hiking trails, time and space to write. April 25–29, 2022.

Ezra: Online Journal of Translation offers solitary, rural New Hampshire residencies for summer 2022. Early application due by April 30. Multiple time slots available. Previous winners published in Ezra. All writers are welcome—translators will be given precedence.

Tuesday, January 11

7:30 p.m.Cynthia Dewi Oka Presents Fire Is Not a Country: Poems in Conversation with Jenny Zhang

Greenlight welcomes Cynthia Dewi Oka in conversation with acclaimed poet and fiction writer Jenny Zhang (Sour Heart) for a conversation on craft, legacy, and writing to honor the unassimilable. Register on Zoom.

Wednesday, January 12

5 p.m.Watch My Smoke: Eric Dickerson and Dave Zirin in Conversation

Controversial NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson joins Dave Zirin for a discussion of Dickerson's new book, Watch My Smoke, presented by Haymarket Books.

7:30 p.m.Book Launch: Leanne Brown Presents Good Enough: A Cookbook

Greenlight is delighted to welcome Leanne Brown back for the launch of Good Enough: A Cookbook. In conversation with culinary powerhouse Hawa Hassan, author of the much-lauded In Bibi’s Kitchen, Leanne Brown, joins Greenlight (virtually) to share the journey, philosophy, and joy of her newest cookbook. Register on Zoom.

Thursday, January 13

5 p.m.Haymarket Books Presents: To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change

Join world-renowned historians to discuss Alfred W. McCoy's latest book, To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change.

7:30 p.m.Hannah Lillith Assadi Presents The Stars Are Not Yet Bells in Conversation with Daniel Magariel

Greenlight is proud to welcome author Hannah Lillith Assadi to present her second novel, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells—an elegiac, haunting story of a woman reflecting, through the scrim of a fading memory, on a life replete with secrets and betrayals. Assadi is joined in conversation by author Daniel Magariel (One of the Boys).

Saturday, January 15

1 p.m.Fear of Black Consciousness: Lewis R. Gordon in Conversation with Hortense J. Spillers

Charis welcomes Lewis R. Gordon in conversation with Hortense J. Spillers for a discussion of Fear of Black Consciousness. This event is cohosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

8 p.m.The MLK You Don't Know

Join us for "The MLK You Don't Know," an online presentation looking at rare speeches and discussing little-known facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After the presentation is completed, we will host a live Q&A session with the owners of Melaneyes Media.

Sunday, January 16

8 p.m.Sunday Reading Series: Hannah Gamble, Keli Stewart & Andrew Wells*

Join AWP board member Kenyatta Rogers and Simone Muench at the Hungry Brain for readings by Hannah Rebecca Gamble, Andrew Wells, and Keli Stewart! Proof of vaccination required for entry.

Tuesday, January 18

7:30 p.m.—Live at St. Joseph's College: Bernardine Evaristo Presents Manifesto in Conversation with Rumaan Alam*

Join Greenlight Bookstore and St. Joseph’s College as we welcome award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo for the launch of her new memoir, Manifesto, and the return of our Brooklyn Voices series. In conversation with bestselling author Rumaan Alam, Evaristo will discuss her theory of unstoppability, which helped her chart a path as a young actor and playwright in London, through political awakenings and activism, and ultimately led to her fierce determination to tell stories that were absent in the literary world around her.

7:30 p.m.Martin Luther King and the Trumpet of Conscience Today: Dr. Régine M. Jean-Charles in Conversation with Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Charis and Agnes Scott College welcome Dr. Régine M. Jean-Charles in conversation with Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes for a discussion of Martin Luther King and the Trumpet of Conscience Today, which wrestles with the parts of King’s vision that have historically been the most uncomfortable for white Americans.

8 p.m.The Blake School and Milkweed Editions Present: Elizabeth Rush’s Rising

Join the Blake School and Milkweed Editions to celebrate Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, which the Chicago Tribune calls “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing.” Journalist Tom Weber will join Rush onstage for a conversation about empathy, vulnerability, the impacts of climate change, and Rush’s poetic approach to reportage. Visual artist and cultural organizer Shanai Matteson will open the program with a poem about water. A book signing will follow.

8 p.m.LBB Presents: Thrity Umrigar with Rebecca Makkai—Honor

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop, and Magers & Quinn welcomes bestselling and critically acclaimed author Thrity Umrigar, who will discuss her highly anticipated new book Honor on Facebook Live. 

Wednesday, January 19

7:30 p.m.—Henry Hoke, with Will Arbery and Cassandra Jenkins

In the newest iteration of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series, author Henry Hoke takes to Greenlight’s (virtual) stage, joined by Whiting Award-winning author and acclaimed playwright Will Arbery (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), to share his inventive, artistically omnivorous memoir-qua-exposition on the ubiquitous sticker and discuss its, well, stickiness, in this age of fleeting attention and encroaching political threat. Featuring a musical performance by special guest Cassandra Jenkins! Register in advance.

9 p.m.Kelli Russell Agodon and Maggie Smith—Dialogues with Rising Tides & Goldenrod

Third Place Books welcomes local poet Kelli Russell Agodon, publisher of Two Sylvias Press in Seattle and teacher at the Rainier Writing Workshop, for a virtual reading from her latest collection, Dialogues with Rising TidesShe will be joined in conversation by Maggie Smith, the beloved bestselling author of GoldenrodPoemsKeep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change, and more. Register to attend.

Thursday, January 20

7:30 p.m.Live at BAM: Hanya Yanagihara + Dean Baquet*

Hanya Yanagihara, author of the highly acclaimed and modern-day classic A Little Life, comes to BAM for the launch of To Paradise. Yanagihara will be joined in conversation by Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times. A book signing with Yanagihara will follow. Purchase tickets to attend.

9 p.m.Town Hall Seattle Livestream: Dr. Carl L. Hart—Drug Use for Grown-Ups*

In his new book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups, Dr. Carl L. Hart asserts that responsible drug use does more to enrich lives than to harm them. Based on personal experience and decades of research, he argues that criminalization and demonization of drug use—not the drugs themselves—are what caused negative outcomes and reinforced structural racism in America. Dr. Hart joins us at Town Hall for a timely reflection on America’s war on drugs, the unjust stigmas that persist, and how we might develop a new vision of drug use. Purchase tickets to attend.

Saturday, January 22

11:30 a.m.—Story Time: Vera Ahiyya, the Tutu Teacher

Inspired by her viral video, “Let’s Talk About Race,” educator Vera Ahiyya, aka the Tutu Teacher, makes her picture book debut with You Have a Voice, which tells an engaging and inclusive tale that encourages kids to unite and to speak out against racism. Join us for a very special and empowering virtual Story Time. Ages 36. Register to attend.


*in-person event

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