KGB: IDOL TALK: Women Writers on their Teen Idols

August 08, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Breena Clarke’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart, was an Oprah Book Club selection. A native of Washington, D.C., she is the recipient of the award for fiction by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Alex Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association.  Her books include Stand the Storm and the newly released Angels Make Their Hope Here. She and sister, activist Cheryl L. Clarke, organize the Hobart Festival of Women Writers each summer.

Janice Eidus is a novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her novels include The War of The Rosens, The Last Jewish Virgin and Urban Bliss. Her story collections are Vito Loves Geraldine and The Celibacy Club. Her prose appears in such anthologies as How Does That Make You Feel: True Confessions from Both Sides of The Therapy Couch, The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, and Desire: Women Write about Wanting.

Diana Goetsch is the author of several poetry collections, most recently In America (2017, Rattle) and Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises Press), and is also a literary journalist. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Scholar, the L.A. Times and The Pushcart Prize anthology. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and The New School, where she was the 2017 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow.

Elizabeth Searle is a fiction writer and playwright. She has five books of fiction, most recently the novel We Got Him.  She is the creator and librettist of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, which is based on the Harding/Kerrigan skating scandal and which has been produced in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Her books include the novel A Four Sided Bed and the short story collections My Body to You, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, and Celebrities in Disgrace, which the NYTimes called a ‘miniature masterpiece.’ Visit: www.elizabethsearle.net

Lee Kahrs is the managing editor of The Reporter newspaper in Brandon, Vt., a weekly community newspaper with a loyal, rabid following and a circulation of 1,500.  She graduated in July with her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program.In addition to Idol Talk, her creative nonfiction also appears in in the July 2018 issue of The Stonecoast Review.  Lee’s goal with her writing is to bring Butch lesbian life to the fore. To that end, she has completed a collection of essays detailing her life as a 9/11 refugee and her move to domestic life in Vermont. She is also working on a TV show, and a nonfiction book about the dearth of Butch lesbians characters in modern literature, film and television.