Pen and Brush Presents…September
Pen and Brush Presents… is a new reading series curated by Kate Angus for Pen and Brush. The series supports the work of small press editors 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 writers selected by editors at a press, journal, or organization with a strong female editorial presence.
So please join us for the first reading of the series in our fall season, featuring the work of not three but four talented readers!
CJ Hauser, representing Tin House editor Emma Komlos-Hrobsky. CJ Hauser’s debut novel, The From-Aways, was published by William Morrow in May 2014. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterly, Esquire, Third Coast, and The Kenyon Review, among other places. She is the 2010 recipient of McSweeney's Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the winner of the 2012 Jaimy Gordon Prize in Fiction, and the winner of Narrative's Fall 2014 Short Story Prize. CJ teaches creative writing and literature at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, where she lives with a cat, a dog, a chinchilla, and the writer Todd Seabrook.
Lynn Melnick, representing YesYes Books. Lynn Melnick is author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012) and co-editor, with Brett Fletcher Lauer, of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). She teaches poetry at 92Y in NYC and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.
Stacy Szymaszek, representing The Poetry Project. Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015) and Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. Her book A Year From Today is forthcoming in 2017 with Nightboat Books. She’s the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. Szymaszek has been the Director of the Poetry Project since 2007. Before that, she served as the Project’s Program Coordinator (now called Managing Director) from 2005-2007 and curated the Monday Night Reading Series.
Simone White, representing Futurepoem editor Carly Dashiell. Simone White is the author of Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem Books), House Envy of All the World (Factory School/Heretical Texts), and Unrest (Ugly Duckling Presse/Dossier Series). She is Program Director at The Poetry Project and lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
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 June.
The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs to <RSVP@penandbrush.org> are encouraged but not required.