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Pen Parentis is thrilled to announce an evening of writers on the verge, featuring three rising literary stars – acclaimed short story author and New York Fellow for the Arts Sara Lippmann, prolific Chicago writer Ben Tanzer, author of the novel Orphans and the essay collection Lost in Space, and Caeli Wolfson Widger, whose debut novel Real Happy Family comes out in March. As a special treat, Julia Fierro, director of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshops and author of the forthcoming novel Cutting Teeth, will co-host.
Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, So Different Now and the forthcoming Orphans and Lost in Space, among others. He also oversees day to day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life, directs Publicity and Content Strategy for Curbside Splendor, and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his growing lifestyle empire.
Caeli Wolfson Widger’s work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and the Madison Review, as well as on NPR and CBS Radio. She earned her MFA from the University of Montana and has taught creative writing at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, University College
London, and Johns Hopkins University. Real Happy Family is her first novel. A Florida native, Caeli now lives with her husband and three children in Santa Monica, CA.
Special Guest Host:
Julia Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in May 2014. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, The Millions, Poets & Writers Magazine, Flavorwire, and other publications. She has been profiled in The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer, and The Economist. In 2002, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, a creative home for over 2000 writers. She lives on the Brooklyn waterfront with her husband and two children.