Writing and Resistance Today

Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 12.03.13 PM.pngI recently had the chance to sit down with Abdellah Taïa and Chiké Frankie Edozien at the CUNY Graduate Center for an evening of discussion put together by Words Without Borders, Belladonna* Series, and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. It was an absolute honor––Taïa and Edozien are talented, fiercely passionate writers whose work challenges political and social boundaries.  Video of the event is now available and you should also check out their work!

Boyhoods: Hirsh Sawhney and Akhil Sharma

img_8473I recently got to spend an evening at Columbia University’s j-school moderating a conversation between novelists Hirsh Sawhney (author of South Haven) and Akhil Sharma (author, most recently, of Family Life) for the South Asian Journalists Association.  They’ve both written intensely dark books about death/loss and dysfunctional families, so I’m not sure why we’re all grinning ear to ear, but it was very nice to talk with them.

Brooklyn Book Festival: WNYC’s Book Swap Beer Spectacular

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Join me Thursday, September 17th at WNYC’s Greene Space for a night of beer, books, and conversation with special guest Naomi Jackson, author of The Star Side of Bird Hill. 

Details and tickets: http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2015/sep/17/book-swap-beer-spectacular/