Elizabeth Kadetsky, Karin Lin-Greenburg & Monica McFawn

November 23, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Elizabeth Kadetsky is author of a memoir (First There Is a Mountain, Little Brown), a story collection (The Poison that Purifies You, C&R Press) and, forthcoming, a novella (On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, Nouvella Books). Her fiction has been included in the Pushcart Prizes, Best New American Voices, and the Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Penn State, and can be found at www.elizabethkadetsky.com
Advance praise for The Poison that Purifies You:

This thought-provoking collection explores the variety of ways that we seek personal and spiritual connections-and the ways that we can poison ourselves and others in our quests. Elizabeth Kadetsky is a writer of keen insight and graceful prose.

-Dan Chaon, Stay Awake

“Elizabeth Kadetsky deftly constructs fully realized places--some foreign, some familiar--and fully realized characters--some of them more like us than we’d like to admit. She tugs gently on these places and people until she finds their loose strings, and begins spooling out quiet strands of damage or dread. Before you know it, the dread is your own. These stories sneak up on you, hijack you, and before you know it, it’s too late.  A stunning first collection.
Brian Evenson, Windeye

KARIN LIN-GREENBERG - Faulty Predictions

“Karin Lin-Greenberg is a conoisseur of screwy family dynamics and outrageous sitatuions. The ten innovative and diverse stories in this debut collection cover a lot of territory, from a pig on a city bus to the special event ‘Things Inside of Other Things’ at the Half and Half Multicultural Club of Sun Meadow High School. Here you will meet the man who smashes loaves of grocery store bread for the good of society, and you’ll witness the Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement. Lin-Greenberg makes joyful sense of it all. What a pleasure it has been to read these wise and wonderful stories.” —Bonnie Jo Campbell, bestselling author of Once Upon A River

Karin Lin-Greenberg’s story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press. Her short stories have appeared in such literary journals as The Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Epoch, Five Chapters, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. She earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Temple University, and an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught composition, literature and creative writing courses at Missouri State University, the College of Wooster, and Appalachian State University. Currently, she lives in upstate New York and is an assistant professor in the English Department at Siena College. Visit her website at www.karinlingreenberg.com.

MONICA MC FAWN - Bright Shards of Someplace Else

“Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, McFawn’s debut employs different narrative voices to create something singular. . . . McFawn approaches each story differently, not as an author imposing a single voice on disparate narratives but as an artist listening to her characters and finding the particular voice each one requires. . . . McFawn’s empathy is astounding. . . . The rarest kind of literary debut—unpredictable and moving."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Bright Shards of Someplace Else glimmers with emphatic power...is Monica McFawn’s first collection of short stories, and it’s already won [the] Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Perhaps it was her idiosyncratic voice, or her flair for distinctive characters that the judges recognized. Or maybe it was her empathetic power. Either way, McFawn has talent. In these eleven stories she manages to range from fantastic to satiric to poignant.” —Jane Ciabattari, NPR Books
Monica McFawn is a writer and playwright living in Michigan. Her short story collection Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of a hybrid chapbook, “A Catalogue of Rare Moments,” and her fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Gettysburgh Review, Web Conjunctions, Missouri Review, and others. Her plays and screenplays have had readings in Chicago and New York. She teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Visit her website at www.monicamcfawn.com.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.

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