The next installment of the Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series is happening on Wednesday, February 26th, during the AWP Conference in SEATTLE!
LINEUP: Freerange Founder Mira Maria Ptacin, Roxane Gay, Liza Monroy, Adam Wilson, Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, and Lincoln Michel
HOST: Kassi Underwood
DATE: Wednesday, February 26th
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Doors at 7.
STAGE: BARCA Bar in Seattle. 1510 11th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5 (includes raffle ticket for prizes)
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MIRA MARIA PTACIN is a creative nonfiction author and New York Times bestselling ghostwriter. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Slice Magazine, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Morning News, National Public Radio, The Rumpus, and more. She’s a contributing writer to The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial 2012); Get Out of My Crotch: Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health (Cherry Bomb Books 2013), and the anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC (Seal Press 2013). She’s the founder and executive director of Freerange Nonfiction, and currently teaches the writing program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (www.salt.edu). Mira lives with her husband Andrew, their son Theo, and two dogs on Peaks Island, a tiny island off the coast of Maine. www.miraMptacin.com
ROXANE GAY is the author of a novel, An Untamed State, which will be published on May 6 and Bad Feminist, an essay collection, which will be published on August 4. She also has a story in Best American Short Stories 2012 and she loves tiny baby elephants.
LIZA MONROY is the author of the new book The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend In America…And What It Taught Us About Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), a nonfiction case study about immigration and marriage rights, and the debut novel Mexican High (Spiegel & Grau/Random House). Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, LA Times, Newsweek, Poets & Writers, Jane, Self, Bust and various anthologies, including The New York Times Best of Modern Love collection, Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, and Wedding Cake For Breakfast. She has taught writing at Columbia University, UCLA Extension, and UC Santa Cruz. Liza lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband, pug, and a potbellied pig named Señor Bacon.
ADAM WILSON is the author of the novel Flatscreen, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and the collection of short stories What’s Important is Feeling. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Tin House, VICE, Bookforum and The Best American Short Stories, among many other publications. In 2012, he received The Terry Southern Prize, which recognizes “wit, panache, and sprezzatura” in work published by The Paris Review. He teaches creative writing at NYU and Columbia and lives in Brooklyn.
MERI NANA-AMA DANQUAH, a native of Ghana, is an author, editor, freelance journalist, ghostwriter, public speaker, and lecturer. Her memoir, Willow Weep for Me (W.W. Norton & Co.) was hailed by the Washington Post as “A vividly textured flower of a memoir. One of the finest to come along in years.” She is the editor of three anthologies: Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women (Hyperion); Shaking the Tree: New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women (W.W. Norton & Co.); and, The Black Body (Seven Stories). Her essays have been heavily anthologized and used in high school and university textbooks. In addition to helping other authors line edit and copyedit their manuscripts, she served, for a brief period, as editor of “The Statesman” newspaper in Ghana. Ms. Danquah, who earned an Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in nonfiction writing, has published articles in newspapers, journals, and magazines, such as The Washington Post, the Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Allure and Essence. As a ghostwriter and editor, Ms. Danquah has worked with celebrities and other high-profile individuals in the worlds of business, finance, and politics on their book proposals and full-length books, many of which have been “New York Times” bestsellers. She has lectured at Otis College of Art and Sciences, Antioch College’s MFA in Creative Writing program, and at the University of Ghana’s School of Communication Studies, as well as their Department of English. She also taught Creative Writing at the NYU-in-Ghana program. Ms. Danquah writes a weekly column of cultural criticism, “The View From Here,” for the Daily Graphic newspaper in Ghana. Currently, she is juggling several projects: a memoir, a novel and a 1-hour television drama. She divides her time between Accra, Ghana and wherever her wanderlust and frequent flyer miles take her.
LINCOLN MICHEL’s work appears in Tin House, NOON, The Believer, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He is a founding editor of Gigantic and the coeditor of Gigantic Worlds, a forthcoming anthology of science flash fiction. You can find him online at lincolnmichel.com.