Recent NYFA fiction fellows reading

June 16, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Melinda Susan Goodman has been teaching at Hunter College in New York City since 1987. In 1988 she published a collection of poems, Middle Sister, MSG Press, Paterson, NJ. She was a founding member of the Audre Lorde Women’s Poetry Center and was a former member of the editorial collective of Conditions, the world’s first Lesbian literary journal. Her poems have appeared in LGBTI journals and anthologies and she was an early recipient of an Astraea Award for Lesbian poets. Goodman holds an M.A. from NYU and an M.F.A. from Columbia University, where she received a fellowship citation. In 2012 she was awarded a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation on the Arts.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. All three books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award, and Haywire won the 2013 Members’ Choice Award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA. His writing has appeared in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Fiction, Fiction International and elsewhere. He received a 2012 fiction-writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Allison Thompson spent her early childhood as an Air Force brat, moving throughout the Southern U.S. She was the oldest of five kids in a highly dysfunctional, yet extremely resourceful, family. The fact that she learned to talk while living in Texas has indelibly marked her speech. Allison studied creative writing and theater at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where a number of her poems were published in The Rebel, ECU’s literary arts magazine, where she also did a stint as associate editor. Her varied job experience includes working in tobacco fields, deejaying at a rock and roll radio station, and being a TV weatherperson until her move to NYC in 1984. After focusing mainly on theater pursuits, she returned to her writing roots in the late ’90s. She was awarded a fellowship grant in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012, and is currently working on a collection of short stories. She looks forward to her fiction publishing debut.

Arlaina Tibensky writes novels and short stories and is the author of the YA novel And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster), about how Sylvia Plath and an old typewriter usher a reluctant virgin through the worst summer of her freaking life, available at fine bookstores everywhere. She is the founding curator of the Pen Parentis Literary Salon in New York City, a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a debutant, twice, at the prestigious One Story Literary Debutante Ball.