Pen and Brush Presents…Schulman, Ayala, and Hernandez-French
Pen and Brush Presents… is a reading series founded by Kate Angus and hosted by Pen and Brush. The series supports the work small press editors do in identifying excellent writing, as well as supporting the writing itself, by featuring exciting new work by established and emerging authors. Each month, “Pen and Brush Presents…” will feature readings by three writers, each one selected by editors at a press, journal, or organization with a strong female editorial presence.
Join us for our first reading of the new year, featuring the following writers and presses:
Sarah Schulman, representing the Feminist Press. Sarah Schulman's love of New York is evident in The Cosmopolitans, her 10th novel and 17th book. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at CUNY, her honors and awards include a Guggenheim in Playwriting and a Fulbright in Judaic Studies. A well known literary chronicler of the marginalized and subcultural, Sarah's fiction has focused on queer urban life for thirty years. Her nonfiction includes The Gentrification of The Mind, a memoir of the homogenization of her city in the wake of the AIDS crisis. Her plays and films have been seen at Playwrights Horizons, The Berlin Film Festival and The Museum of Modern Art. An AIDS historian, Sarah is co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project. She is on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace and is faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at the College of Staten Island.
The Feminist Press is an educational nonprofit organization founded to advance women’s rights and amplify feminist perspectives. We publish classic and new writing from around the world, create cutting-edge programs, and elevate silenced and marginalized voices in order to support personal transformation and social justice for all people.
Anna Hernandez-French and Marissa Anne Ayala, representing Pen + Brush.
Anna Hernandez-French has loved poetry since she cut her baby teeth on Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. Many years ago she published work in two youth anthologies, though she can’t recall which ones as they are buried in a storage unit 3000 miles away. She has recently returned to writing poetry, receiving an honorable mention in the 2017 Women’s National Book Association annual poetry contest for her piece "At Sea." A northern California native, Anna has been a New Yorker going on nine years, and lives, as so many of us do, in Brooklyn.
Marissa Anne Ayala is a writer based in Astoria. She earned her BA from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and her MFA in fiction from the New School. Her work has appeared in Tupelo Press, Handwritten, Entropy, STRATA, and forthcoming in Glassworks.
For over 120 years, Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in both the literary and visual arts. Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of emerging and mid-career female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace.
Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Awl, Best New Poets 2010 and Best New Poets 2014. Her poetry collection, So Late to the Party, was published by Negative Capability Press in 2016.
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