BWS

January 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
KGB Bar

Please join featured writer, Clifford Thompson, and four estimable readers, Jamie-Lee Josselyn, Amy Bowers, Pete Hausler, and Oona Patrick.
Amy Bowers is a New Haven-based writer who until recently lived in steamy central Florida. Her work has been published in Mabel, Bella Grace, PANK and the essay she is reading tonight will be anthologized in a forthcoming book. She writes about the natural world, family life, art, and popular history. Recent research has included Fanny Palmer, the prolific Currier and Ives artist, habitat dioramas, eggs, and domestic advice literature.
 
Jamie-Lee Josselyn (June ’11) is an Associate Director and instructor for the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also directs the Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House. Her writing has been published in The New Republic, Cleaver Magazine, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She is the host of the literary podcast, Dead Parents Society. Jamie-Lee lives in South Philadelphia with her gentleman friend, her dog, and her two cats.
 
How I know V: January 1997 graduate of the BWS (third class). 
Lit chops: Founding nonfiction editor of Post Road, a bi-annual magazine created by a handful of BWS graduates, who launched the first issue in 2000; still going strong and now an integral and popular part of the Boston College undergrad writing program. 
Writing: Essays and sports writing in Salon.com, Agni, The Wall Street Journal, Fourth Genre, and Fanzine
With: Wife Olesia and two intelligent & lovely teenage daughters. 
Lives: Long-time New Yorker, who has lived in three of the five boroughs, currently in the Queens Prefecture and Milanville, Pa. 
Used to live: Baltimore, Prague, London, Nantucket and various parts of New Jersey. 
 
Oona Patrick earned an MFA in nonfiction from Bennington. Her writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Guernica, Salamander, and elsewhere, and has received Notable Essay mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. She helped start the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon in 2011 and published an anthology last year called Behind the Stars, More Stars: The Tagus Press/Disquiet Collection of New Luso-American Writing. Most recently, she guest edited of an issue of the St. Petersburg Review's Springhouse Journal featuring all women writers in translation from Portuguese. 
 
Clifford Thompson's new book, What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues, was named one of the 'Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019' by Time magazine. His other books include the memoir, Twin of Blackness. In addition, his work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2018, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The Threepenny Review, among other publications.