Writing News Roundup
June 2, 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.
Wednesday, June 8
6—7 p.m.— Words Without Borders will be hosting a virtual literary salon with Merve Emre and Adam Dalva. Emre Merve is a New Yorker critic, professor, published author, and accomplished writer. She will be discussing her journey as a critic, how literary prizes are judged, and the 2022 International Booker Prize in conversation with Adam Dalva, editor, author, and professor. This event will take place online with free registration. *
6:30—7:30 p.m.— The Associates of the Boston Public Library Presents: Literary spotLIGHTS with author Geraldine Brooks. In this virtual conversation, author Geraldine Brooks will be discussing her published novels March, People of the Book, The Secret Chord, and upcoming novel Horse, in conjunction with host Christy Cashman. Brooks’ 2005 novel March won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This event will take place online, and registration is free! *
Thursday, June 9
7—8 p.m.— East City Bookshop located in Washington, DC welcomes Kate Kelly for a discussion about her book Ordinary Equality in conversation with Danica Roem. Ordinary Equality is about women and queer peoples’ roles in shaping equal rights and in founding American democracy. Kelly delves into systemic repression of marginalized genders and how both suppression and oppression have factored into political policy throughout the past centuries. This event will be presented in a hybrid setting, with the opportunity to attend either through Zoom, or in person. *
7—8 p.m.— Join Poets at the Mic for a live, free, and virtual poetry reading featuring James Morehead, Jessica Sabo, and Rachel Abramowitz. All speakers are established and published writers. Morehead is currently serving as Poet Laureate of Dublin, California, and hosts the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast. Sabo is the author of chapbook A Body of Impulse, and her essays and poems have been featured in various publications. Abramowitz is a professor, author, and editor who has received several awards for her writing. Registration is free, and this event will take place online. *
Saturday, June 11
10 a.m.—12 p.m.— Explore new methods of writing with author Sarah Chansarkar! A World on a Page: Focus on the Story Setting is a workshop that explores the roles of details and imagery in bringing settings and characters alive, and how to best optimize these details. Registration is free, and the event will take place online. *
Sunday, June 12
8—9:30 p.m.— Join poets Alison C. Rollins and Paul Tran for a reading! The reading will take place via Zoom and will have auto captions, an ASL interpreter, and hard copies of the poems read available to download. Rollins has served as a National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her work has also appeared in a variety of literary magazines. Tran, author of the debut poetry collection All the Flowers Kneeling, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Registration is free, and this event will premier online.
Wednesday, June 15
6:30—9 p.m.— Do you live in the NYC area? If so, you might be interested in attending Pre-Lit Fest 2022: The Black Librarian in America. Join speakers Rhonda Evans, Shauntee Burns-Simpson, and Roland Barksdale-Hall as they explore Black library history, Afrofuturism, and historical and present activism. This event will take place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture but can also be accessed remotely via livestream. *
7—8 p.m.— Between the Lines: A Book Club about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be meeting to discuss Michelle Good’s book Five Little Indians, winner of the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. *
7:00 p.m.— Tune into Living Altars: Disabled QTBIPOC Writers Transforming Pandemic Grief for a joint discussion on writing about grief, survival, and the future. Live performers include Missy Fuego, Stefani Echeverria-Fenn, Juba Kalamka, and Naima Lowe. Tickets are available on a free to sliding scale basis, and the event will take place virtually. *
Thursday, June 16
7—8 p.m.— Local to New York, New York? If your answer is yes, don’t miss out on Writing Our Own Queer Histories: Johnathan Alexander and Pamela Sneed, hosted by the Bureau of General Services. Authors Johnathan and Pamela delve into both their recent writings and what it’s like to work at the intersection of queerness, memory, and writing. This event will take place at 208 West 13th St, Room 210, New York, NY. A livestream of the event will also be made available. *
7:00 p.m.— Tune in for Poems about Patchwork, a poetry performance by MJ Fievre in response to the Modern Quilt Exhibition at Bailey Contemporary Arts Center. Fierve’s performance will embrace themes of comfort, home, and family; will explore sewing as a means of restoration and preservation, and will dig into historical specificity. Registration is free, and the event will take place online. *
Saturday, June 18
10:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m.— Are you local to New York city? Check out the Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora. This festival will feature readings, panels, discussions, and workshops across several different genres. Come out to celebrate authors of African descent and amplify voices in Black history and culture. Attendance is free, but please preregister!
Tuesday, June 21
6—7:30 p.m.— Haymarket Poetry presents Maya Marshall’s debut novel All the Blood Involved in Love. Special guests Destiny Birdsong, Tarfia Faizullah, Nicole Homer, and Natasha Oladokun will be in attendance. All the Blood Involved in Love is a novel that centers on reproductive justice, womanhood both with and without motherhood, race and interracial partnerships, politics, and the monetary and mental costs of adopting, birthing, and raising a black child. This event will take place online, and registration is free. *
Wednesday, June 22
7—8 p.m.— The Austin Public Library will be hosting a Virtual Older Adult Book Club (ages 50+) for both fiction and nonfiction works. On June 22, the club will meet to discuss The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. Registration is free, and the event will take place virtually.
Wednesday, June 29
8 p.m.— Aunt Lute Books presents Home in the Bay, a Reading Series: The Second Event. This reading series is centered on themes of houselessness, migration, gentrification, and colonization. Registration is free, and this event will take place online.
Thursday, June 30
4—5:30 p.m.— Join editors from Humber Literary Review to gain insight and knowledge on how to become published in literary magazines! Editors Tyler Pennock, Leanne Milech, and Matthew Harris will be present to provide advice, feedback to attendees, and answers to any questions about the process of getting published. Registration is free, and this event will take place online. *
7—8 p.m.— Calling all Evanston, Illinois locals! Emily Maloney, one of AWP’s very own Writer to Writer mentors, will be joining with author Susan Pratt to discuss their respective novels Cost of Living and More or Less. The conversation will take place at Bookends & Beginnings Courtyard at 1712 Sherman Avenue in Evanston, Illinois.