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!

May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Please join us for the 2017 Spring Season Finale featuring four incredible writers who are also parents: Alice Kaltman, Kristopher Jansma, Stewart Lewis, and John Freedman Gill.

Alice Kaltman is a writer and surfer who splits her time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York.Staggerwing (Tortoise Books October 2016) is her first collection of short stories. Her work appears in numerous journals including JoylandWhiskey Paper ,StorychordThe Stockholm Review, the Atticus Review, and Chicago Literati, and in print anthologies including The Pleasure You Suffer and On Montauk: A Literary Celebration. She’s a mom!

Kristopher Jansma is the author of Why We Came to the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, winner of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award and recipient of an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. He has written for the New York Times, Salon, ZYZZVA, The Believer, The Millions, Slice, and Electric Literature. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at SUNY New Paltz and a graduate lecturer in fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in New York with his wife Leah, and son Joshua, who is sometimes known as Batman.

John Freeman Gill is a native New Yorker and longtime New York Times contributor whose work has been anthologized in The New York Times Book of New York and More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times. He is the architecture and real estate editor of Avenue magazine, for which he writes “Edifice Complex,” a monthly column exploring the biographies of historic New York City buildings and their occupants. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, the International Herald Tribune, Premiere, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. A summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where he won two prizes and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in New York City with his wife, three children, and a smattering of gargoyles.

Stewart Lewis has published five novels and his work has been translated into five languages. He is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter, a professor of writing at the University of Maryland, and a proud husband/father who published a series for Gay Parent Magazine called “Diary of a Gay Dad.”