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 the Hideout at the historic Killarney Rose in lower Manhattan (secret entrance on 80 Beaver street, door marked Hideout at the top of the stairs on your left!). Each night begins with networking over happy hour drinks ($4 craft beers, $6 vodka well drinks, no minimums). 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!
Follow the Instagram crowd or go it alone? Is trailblazing a brilliant move or does it just slow you down? At the April 9th Pen Parentis Literary Salon in Downtown Manhattan, co-hosts M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu will pose questions of INDIVIDUALISM to three eminent authors who have thriving literary careers—and children at home.
Celebrating ten years of Downtown literary salons that feature the incredibly diverse creative work of eminent writers who are also parents, Pen Parentis is a 501c3 literary nonprofit that helps writers stay on creative track after they start a family. All events are on the second Tuesday of the month and begin at 7pm at the Killarney Rose Hideout, find the secret upstairs entrance on the 2nd floor of 80 Beaver Street.
Featured authors on April 9th:
- Hilary Reyl has written two novels, Lessons in French (an editor’s pick on Oprah.com), and Kids Like Us (starred review in Publisher’s Weekly) She has a PhD in French literature and three kids.
- Tim Fitts lives in Philadelphia with his daughters. He has authored two collections of short stories, and his novel, The Soju Club, was translated into Korean and published in South Korea. He has published over thirty short stories in journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Granta, Cutbank, Shenandoah, fugue, and others.
- Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections Turn, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and Anyone Will Tell You, and co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist. She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and co-founder at A Wave Blue World. A trained sociologist, born and raised in NYC and educated at Cambridge University, UK, she is mother to two daughters.
All authors presented at Pen Parentis are also parents – the series aims to shatter the stereotype of what parents write by presenting the creative diversity of high quality work by professional writers who have kids. Columbia MFA graduates, M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu will moderate. Killarney Rose offers a full bar menu and happy hour pricing on drinks. There is no admission charge, though a voluntary $10 donation to Pen Parentis is warmly appreciated.
You do not have to be a parent or a writer to enjoy these neighborhood book events. RSVP is strongly recommended: penparentis.org/calendar
Transportation info: Take the 2/3/4/5/J/M to Wall Street. Salons take place in a private room on the second floor of the Killarney Rose (hidden entrance to the Hideout is on 80 Beaver Street, up a flight of stairs).
This PEN PARENTIS LITERARY SALON is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
With generous support from our sponsors.