Election Day Madness – with established authors Thaddeus Rutkowski, Ed Lin, and Therese Svoboda
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Join us at Andaz Wall Street on Election Day as we check our phones for national updates between readings by three incredibly prolific and talented authors. Conversations will be lively and the joint will be jumping—join us for a glass of wine. Or two. Or several, depending on which color states are ahead in the exit polls. Come on - democracy is so much fun when you are with a group!
Thaddeus Rutkowski, returning to the Pen Parentis stage, is the author of four books including his newest book, Violent Outbursts, released by Spuyten Duyvil Press in January 2016. The book is a collection of short fictions. Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution’s fiction best-seller list. Tetched was chosen as one of the best books reviewed in 2006 by Chronogram magazine. He received a 2012 fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His stories and poems have been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Ed Lin is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy—and he’s back with a new novel for his second reading at Pen Parentis. He’s the author of several books including the Robert Chow crime series set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His latest book, Incensed, was published in October 2016 by Penguin Random House. Lin lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.
A recent recipient of a Guggenheim in fiction, Terese Svoboda has won the Bobst Prize, the Iowa Prize for poetry, an NEH grant for translation, the O. Henry Award for the short story, was a three time winner of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a James Merrill writer-in-residency, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, a Pushcart Prize for the essay, a Bellagio Fellowship in libretto, and the Jerome Foundation Award in video. She is also the author of six novels, seven books of poetry, a memoir, and a book of translation from Nuer, a South Sudanese language. Her opera WET premiered at L.A.’s Disney Hall in 2005. When The Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems was published in 2015, Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet and Professor Harriman’s Steam Air-Ship in 2016, and Live Sacrifice (stories) in 2017.The mother of three children, she is a literary rockstar and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Pen Parentis Stage.