Award-winning authors Cortney Lamar Charleston, Fae Myenne Ng and Brian Evenson are coming to campus for the Writers at Sonoma Lecture Series. Admission is free, parking is $5-$8 on campus. There will be a Q&A session at the end of each event.
"I'm particularly excited about the Spring 2017 season of Writers at Sonoma, most especially because the writers we've invited speak so directly to the political and social turmoil of our current moment," says Gillian Conoley, english professor and director of Writers at Sonoma. "Charleston is writing about the epidemic of shootings of African Americans, and Ng's work addresses the immigrant experience. Evenson has experienced religious harassment, and writes dark, often Gothic prose. These are dark, confusing, upsetting times for our country. We hope these writers bring us some light."
Charleston will be publishing his first book, "Telepathogies", in early 2017. A Cave Canem fellow and an alumnus of University of Pennslyvania's performance poetry collective, The Exealno Project, Chaleston is also a founder of BLACK PANTONE, an inclusive digital cataloguing of black identity. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Tickets are now available.
Fae Myenne Ng, won the American Book Award for Steer Toward Rock and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fae Myenne Ng is also the author of the much-heralded "Bone" , which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ng is the daughter of a seamstress and a laborer who immigrated fro Guangzhou, China. She received an MFA from Columbia, and teaches at UC Berkeley. "Bone" tells the story of three Chinese American daughters growing up in Ng's childhood hometown of San Francisco Chinatown. Her work has won the American Academy of Arts & Letters' Rome Prize, the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and The Radcliffe Institute.
Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection "A Collapse of Horses"(2016) and the novella The Warren (2016). His novel "Last Days" won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship, Evenson's work has been translated into French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Persian and Slovenian.
Fae Myenne Ng, fiction reading
Art Gallery, 3 p.m.
Cortney Lamar Charleston, poetry reading
Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m.
Brian Evenson, fiction reading
Schulz 3001, 7 p.m.
For more information visit http://www.sonoma.edu/english/writers/