Join Why There Are Words in Sausalito September 13, 2018, at Studio 333 when the following five authors from Black Lawrence Press will read, along with special guest Nona Caspers. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15, $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar.
Nona Caspers recently released a novel-in-stories, The Fifth Woman (Sarabande Press, August 2018), which was honored with the Mary McCarthy award from Sarabande Press. Earlier books include Little Book of Days (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and Heavier than Air (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), which received the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a NYTBR Editors’ Choice. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, and The Sun. In 2014, she co-edited with Joell Hallowell Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century (Triton Books). Other awards include a NEA fellowship, San Francisco Cultural Equity Grant, and LAMBDA nomination. She is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.
Scott Shibuya Brown is the author of the novels The Traders (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), named a finalist for the William Saroyan Prize for Fiction, and Far Afield (Red Hen Press, 2010), and is a former staff journalist at Time Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. His reporting, reviews, and photos also have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, The Kartika Review, and The LA Weekly, among other publications. He has an MFA in Writing from CalArts and currently teaches at California State University, Northridge. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently working on a novel set in 1950s Japan.
Jacqueline Doyle‘s award-winning flash fiction chapbook The Missing Girl was published by Black Lawrence Press in fall 2017. Her essays, stories, and flash have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Post Road, Southern Humanities Review, The Pinch, and Wigleaf. Her work has earned numerous Pushcart nominations, Best of the Net nominations, finalist listings in Best Small Fictions, and notable essay listings in Best American Essays. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a professor of English at California State University, East Bay.
Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems, Works & Days (Truman State University Press, 2010), won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn, 2014) was named by The Barnes & Noble Review as a Best Poetry Book. His most recent projects, all published in 2017, include Suture, collaborative poems written with Simone Muench (Black Lawrence Press), Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon), and Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, edited with Brian Clements & Alexandra Teague (Beacon). He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.
Sarah Suzor’s first full-length poetry collection, The Principle Agent (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), won the 2010 BLP Hudson Prize. Her second full-length collection, After the Fox, is a collaboration between Suzor and Travis Cebula (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). Her poetry, interviews, and book reviews have been published and anthologized in a range of literary journals. She is the founder and owner of INK, LLC, a company that has successfully helped other writers complete their manuscripts and publish their books.
Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), awarded the Big Moose Prize for the Novel from BLP. Twister was shortlisted for the 2016 Housatonic Book Award in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award. Excerpts appeared in Puerto del Sol, Blackbird, and Red Earth Review. Her other work has appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, Spry, BLOOM, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and dogs and is at work on another novel.
Why There Are Words (WTAW) is an award-winning national reading series founded in Sausalito in 2010 by Peg Alford Pursell, now expanded to six additional major cities in the U.S., with more planned in the future. The series draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday to Studio 333, located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. The series is a program of the 501(c)3 non-profit WTAW Press, publisher of award-winning exceptional literary books.