RR: Celebrating Women Writers with The Rona Jaffe Foundation

September 12, 2018
7:00 pm -

Celebrating Women Writers with The Rona Jaffe Foundation
A Reading with past RJF Writers’ Awards winners Ama Codjoe, Meehan Crist, Kristin Dombek, and Apricot Irving

This is a 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from the Saltonstall and Cave Canem Foundations, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and MacDowell Colony. Her recent poems have appeared in Callaloo, Virginia Quarterly Review, Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee. In 2017, Ama was awarded a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.

Meehan Crist is writer-in-residence in biological sciences at Columbia University. Previously she was editor at large at Nautilus and reviews editor at the Believer. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, Tin House, Nautilus, Scientific American, and Science. Her awards include a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and fellowships from MacDowell, The Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, and Yaddo. She is the host of Convergence: a show about the future.

Kristin Dombek is the author of The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism (FSG, 2016). Her essays and reviews can be found in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Harper’s, Vice, and n+1, for whom she writes a philosophical advice column called The Help Desk. She is a MacDowell Fellow and the recipient of a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a n+1 Writer’s Fellowship. Originally from Indiana, she lives in New York City, and has taught at Queens College, Queens University of Charlotte, Princeton University, and New York University.

Apricot Irving currently lives in the woods outside Portland, Oregon, but has lived in Haiti, Indonesia, and the UK. She is the recipient of a 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and her work has appeared in Granta and on This American Life. The Gospel of Trees (Simon & Schuster, 2018), a memoir of a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, is her first book.

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