KGB: At The Inkwell - Poetry & Prose

September 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PATRICIA HORVATH‘s stories and essays have been published widely in literary journals including The Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Confrontation. She is the recipient of Bellevue Literary Review’s Goldenberg Prize in Fiction and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in fiction and literary nonfiction. She teaches at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Ms. Horvath will be reading from her new memoir All the Difference. All the Difference is a captivating account of the author’s transformation from a visibly disabled young woman to someone who could, abruptly, “pass” for able-bodied. In prose that is searing and humorous Patricia Horvath details her experiences with bracing and spinal fusion, as she considers the literature of physical transformation and how folk and fairy tales shape our attitudes towards the disabled.

RICHARD HOFFMAN has published four volumes of poetry, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and his new collection Noon until Night. His other books include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, published in a 20th Anniversary Edition in 2015, the 2014 memoir Love & Fury, and the story collection Interference and Other Stories. His work, both prose and verse, appears in such journals as Agni, Barrow Street, Consequence, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, The Literary Review, The Manhattan Review, Poetry, Witness and elsewhere. A former Chair of PEN New England, he is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College in Boston.

PATRICIA SPEARS JONES is a Brooklyn-based African American poet and author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems from White Pine Press and seven other collections and chapbooks who is the Jackson Poetry Prize winner for 2017 and a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner; a recipient of a Barbara Deming Fund award and the Foundation from Contemporary Arts as well as grants from the NEA and NYFA. Her work is included in major anthologies, most recently, Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear (Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts); The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (U. of Arkansas Press); BAX: Best American Experiment Writing, 2016 (Wesleyan U. Press) Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (WW Norton) and Resisting Arrest: poems to stretch the sky (Jacar Press). Two plays commissioned by Mabou Mines, the famed experimental theater company were produced in New York City.  She is an emeritus fellow for the Black Earth Institute.  She has read and led workshops at The Fine Arts Work Center; Poets House, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Naropa University, The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, The Poetry Center at SFSU and Kelley Writers House at UPenn. She is teaching at Adelphi University, Fall 2017.

LANA C. MARILYN is a self-published author, curator and literary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s currently pursuing a degree in screenwriting and linguistics, and devotes her time between studies and projects to hosting community-based workshops and literary events. In her work, Lana focuses primarily on writing for and about women and explores femininity, love and displacement through her essays, zines, and experimental poems. In May 2016, she published a collection of memoirs and poetry titled, “Wet Sand in an Hourglass: a self portrait in words.”