The Pen Parentis Literary Salon is a unique Downtown series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. On the second Tuesday of each month September through May, join us at 75 Wall Street (Andaz Wall Street). Each night begins with networking over wine, compliments of Andaz Wall Street. Readings are followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and Salons curator Christina Chiu. Each event ends with mingling and book signings. Come join the fun!  Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables. You don’t have to be a parent or even a writer to enjoy these events – join us!

See below for details of who is reading next and to RSVP!

Feb
13
Tue
SECRETS – with blockbuster authors Min Jin Lee, Jamie Brenner, Patty Dann
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 

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AUTHOR BIOS:

Patty Dann has written three novels, Mermaids, Starfish and Sweet & Crazy. Along with The Butterfly Hours, she has published two memoirs, The Baby Boat and The Goldfish Went on Vacation. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German and Portuguese. Mermaids was made into a movie with Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins and Christina Ricci. The Butterfly Hours was chosen one of the Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers.She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Oregon. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the West Side YMCA, and is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild and New York Writers Workshop. She is married to journalist, Michael Hill and has one son and two stepsons.

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award. A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko is a Top 10 Books of the Year for The New York Times, BBC, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library. Pachinko was on over four dozen best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, CNN, History, Vox, Esquire, Financial Times, Amazon, The Boston Globe, New Statesman, BuzzFeed, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and The Irish Times. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (2007) was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today. Min’s only child Sam is now a college sophomore, attending college in the West Coast. He seems fine; however, Min has not yet separated and is freaking inconsolable.

Jamie Brenner is the author of the national bestseller The Forever Summer (Little, Brown), a novel People magazine calls, “A captivating tale of family secrets and strong women.” Her new novel, The Husband Hour, publishes April 24 (Little, Brown). Her previous novels include The Wedding Sisters, a Target Emerging Author pick and one of PopSugar’s Best Books for Women 2016, and The Gin Lovers, named by Fresh Fiction as one of the Top Thirteen Books to read in 2013. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.

Mar
13
Tue
BELONGING: Authors writing about immigration
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Our March 13th Pen Parentis Literary Salons, presents BELONGING which will open a literary conversation about writing about immigration. What are our responsibilites as great communicators? How does one address a politically touchy subject and maintain readers? Talented authors Susan Muaddi Darraj, Marguerite Bouvard, and Katie Kitamura will join forces with poet Sarah Gambito (rescheduled from our January Poetry Salons) to read from current work and discuss writing about immigrants and immigration.

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March 13th’s Salon features:

Katie Kitamura is a novelist. Her most recent novel, A Separation, was a New York Times Notable Book and will be translated into over fifteen languages. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, including two children under the age of 5. To quote her husband, who is also a novelist: ‘strong espresso drinks are all that stand between us and total creative defeat.’

Susan Muaddi Darraj won the American Book Award in 2016 for her book of short stories, A Curious Land, about a fictional Palestinian town in the West Bank. She is Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and three children. She wakes up at 5:00am and writes (or gets sucked in Facebook – depends on her mood) until 7am because it’s the only time she’s not teaching or driving kids to karate or berating them to practice the piano.

Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard’s latest book “Social Justice: The Power of Compassion,” addresses some of the most pressing problems facing our country today: the environment, immigration, racism and criminal justice. As a writer, she has published several books of poetry and numerous non-fiction books in a variety of fields. She has received grants for her poetry from the Puffin Foundation and the Danforth Foundation and has won awards for two of her poetry books. She has been a writer in residence at the University of Maryland and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the Leighton Artists’ colony at the Banff Centre and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poetry has been widely anthologized and published in literary magazines around the world for she considers herself a world poet.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.

Pen Parentis Literary Salons break the stereotype of parent-author by presenting the vast diversity of creative writing by authors who happen to also be parents. Audiences are diverse and the evening is inclusive of all book-lovers (21+) — you don’t have to be a parent or writer to enjoy these intimate and popular upscale events.

 

Held at the glamorous Andaz Wall Street (who also provide refreshments including wine) these inspiring monthly events also include intimate roundtable discussions about writing as a craft and career moderated by Columbia MFA alumnae Christina Chiu (Pen Parentis curator) and M. M. De Voe (Pen Parentis founder).

 

Apr
10
Tue
HERO AND SUPERHERO: a Pen Parentis Literary Salon
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Our April 10th Pen Parentis Literary Salons, presents Hero and Superhero.  What is a superhero? When does a bigger-than-life character become hard to believe? How can you take a fresh look at a trope? Join talented authors Lex Williford, Andrea Lawlor and Donna Levin to discuss.

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From MASSACHUSETTS:

Andrea Lawlor teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College, edits fiction for Fence, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. Their newest novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl,is receiving much critical attention. They live in Western Massachusetts. The first nonbinary parent we have featured at our Salons, they are happy to tell us that they go by Baba in the home.

From TEXAS:

Lex Williford has received fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf, The Blue Mountain Center, MacDowell, Millay, Ragdale and many more, including Yaddo. He is the founding director of the online MFA program and current chair of the on-campus bilingual MFA program at the University of Texas at El Paso. His most recent chapbook, Superman on the Roof, was called a memoir in flash and deals with the loss of his brother. A father of two, Lex credits his children for saving his writing career.

From SAN FRAN:

Donna Levin is a prolific and highly acclaimed writer from the West Coast. Her latest novel, He Could Be Another Bill Gates, will be published by Chickadee Prince Books in the fall. She is the author of three acclaimed previous novels, the Amazon best-seller, There’s More Than One Way Home, Extraordinary Means and California Street, all of which are available from Chickadee Prince Books. In addition to this vibrant writing career, she has four children. You read that right. Four.

 

Pen Parentis Literary Salons break the stereotype of parent-author by presenting the vast diversity of creative writing by authors who happen to also be parents. Audiences are diverse and the evening is inclusive of all book-lovers (21+) — you don’t have to be a parent or writer to enjoy these intimate and popular upscale events.

Held at the glamorous Andaz Wall Street (who also provide refreshments including wine) these inspiring monthly events also include intimate roundtable discussions about writing as a craft and career moderated by Columbia MFA alumnae Christina Chiu (Pen Parentis curator) and M. M. De Voe (Pen Parentis founder).

 

May
8
Tue
May is for Music!
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

On May 8, 2018, at the glamorous Andaz Wall Street (75 Wall) they will feature the literary song stylings of four moms who write music: Fran Pado, Jenny Merkowitz, Liz Queler, and Kala Pierson. Come join the fun as four noteworthy New Yorkers gather on the second floor of 75 Wall Street (at Water) for an evening of literary melodies.

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May 8th’s Salon features:

Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz is a composer, pianist, and violist whose diverse inspirations have included liturgical chant, basketball games, and the growth patterns of plants. Her music has been performed in national and international venues Jenny lives in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, David, and two sons, where she is associate professor of Music at Otterbein University.

Fran Pado is a playwright and musician who writes grim fairy tales for adults. Her dark, one-woman, musical story-plays have been performed at the renowned Dixon Place performance space. She’s the lyricist and singer of Goddess, an experimental psych-pop band whose 2015 full-length vinyl New York Music Daily called “one of the top ten albums of the year.” Her daughter, Violet, and husband, Andy, provide the love and support for her to carry on as an artist.

Three time Grammy Nominee, Liz Queler, has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Newport Folk Festival, and with the Dallas Symphony. Her most recent CD sets 21 of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poems to music. Liz tours frequently, performing not only with her husband, Broadway conductor Seth Farber, but also with their son Joey who is now a student at Berklee College of Music.

Kala Pierson is a composer and sound artist.  Based in Philadelphia, she works worldwide, with commissions and performances on every continent and in festivals ranging from the Southbank Centre Biennial to Tanglewood to the International Computer Music Conference.  Kala, her wife, and her husband have raised their 8-year-old son since his birth as three equal parents.

 

Pen Parentis Literary Salons break the stereotype of parent-author by presenting the vast diversity of creative writing by authors who happen to also be parents. Audiences are diverse and the evening is inclusive of all book-lovers (21+) — you don’t have to be a parent or writer to enjoy these intimate and popular upscale events.

Held at the glamorous Andaz Wall Street (who also provide refreshments including wine) these inspiring monthly events also include intimate roundtable discussions about writing as a craft and career.  Salons are curated by Christina Chiu of Pen Parentis who won a prestigious Wei Look Award for the diversity of the artists she assembles. She co-hosts with Pen Parentis Founder, M. M. De Voe. Both hosts are also writers.

The long-running reading series has recently won a Creative Engagement Grant from New York City and New York State, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Events are sponsored by the prestigious downtown hotel, Andaz Wall Street, and RSVP is recommended.