You are cordially invited to the April 6, 2011 Installment of Freerange Nonfiction! This April we have SIX truly fabulous ladies coming to grace the stage.
First up is MICHELE COLORA – story slam goddess, performance artist, and author of the memoir FISH OUT OF AGUA: MY LIFE ON NEITHER SIDE OF THE (SUBWAY) TRACKS. Michele was recently featured as part of the Bronx Stories program at the Bronx Museum, and talk about the program in an interview on BronxnetOPEN. In the next few months Michele has some exciting performances and honors coming up: she will be appearing with First Person Arts as part of Slam Nation at the Philadelphia Festival of Performing Arts; and with PEN American Center’s World Voices Festival.
Next on the bill is MELISSA FEBOS, author of the memoir WHIP SMART. Melissa was recently named one of “Five New Queer Voices to Watch Out For” by Lambda Literary. Melissa and WHIP SMART have been featured everywhere from the cover of the NY Post to NPR’s Fresh Air. Terry Gross chatted with Melissa following the publication of Whip Smart, her really spectacular interview is available here – we highly recommend listening! The book trailer and other press is available on Melissa’s website. AND – Melissa also co-curates the popular reading + music series MIXER on the LES.
And concluding the top-half of the bill is SHELLY ORIA. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in a diversity of venues – notably in five chapters and Union Station Magazine. Shelly is at work at the moment on a collection of stories titled NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0 — from which the title story earned her the 2008 Indiana Review Fiction Prize. She also teaches with the Gotham Writers’ Workshop AND curates the clever SWEET: ACTORS READING WRITERS reading series, which you can read about here.
The April Freerange will also featured THREE stunning MFA candidates: Polly Bresnick of Sarah Lawrence and Pony & Midge Smallbooks, Freerange’s own Communications Director Molly Quinn, and Columbia nonfiction student Kassi Underwood.
In other news…
What’s up at Freerange? The usual fun: Mira interviewed LARRY SMITH last week. The founder of SMITH Magazine and the nationally-recognized SIX WORD MEMOIR PROJECT explores the nonfiction license with witticisms such as: ‘What does it mean to be a writer?’ “TO WRITE.”
On Freshly Hatched this month we are pre-viewing MOLLY QUINN’S essay “SISTER CITIES” from her memoir-in-progress which she will read from on April 6.
And, dear friends and family, don’t forget to spread the word about our new EDITING SERVICES and upcoming shows.
Thank you all! Over & out, the FR gang.