Award-winning authors Cortney Lamar Charleston, Fae Myenne Ng and Brian Evenson will be featured in Sonoma State University's Writers at Sonoma Lecture Series. Admission is free, parking is $5-$8 on campus. There will be a Q&A session at the end of each event.
"I'm particularly excited about the Spring 2017 season of Writers at Sonoma, especially because the writers we've invited speak so directly to the political and social turmoil of our current moment," says Gillian Conoley, english professor and director of Writers at Sonoma. "Charleston is writing about the epidemic of shootings of African Americans, Ng's work addresses the immigrant experience, and Evenson has experienced religious harassment and writes dark, often Gothic prose. These are dark, confusing, upsetting times for our country. We hope these writers bring us some light."
Charleston will be publishing his first book, "Telepathogies," in early 2017. A Cave Canem fellow and an alumnus of University of Pennsylvania performance poetry collective the Exealno Project, Chaleston is also a founder of BLACK PANTONE, an inclusive digital cataloguing of black identity. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Tickets are now available.
Fae Myenne Ng is the daughter of a seamstress and a laborer who immigrated fro Guangzhou, China. She received an MFA from Columbia, and teaches at UC Berkeley. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and won the American Book Award for her 2008 novel, "Steer Toward Rock." Her first novel, "Bone," was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. "Bone" tells the story of three Chinese American daughters growing up in Chinatown of Ng's childhood hometown of San Francisco. Her work has won the American Academy of Arts & Letters' Rome Prize, the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute.
Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection "A Collapse of Horses" and the novella "The Warren." His novel "Last Days" won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. Evenson's work has been translated into French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Persian and Slovenian.
Fae Myenne Ng, fiction readingArt Gallery, 3 p.m.
Cortney Lamar Charleston, poetry readingSchroeder Hall, 7 p.m.
Brian Evenson, fiction readingSchulz 3001, 7 p.m.
For more information visit http://www.sonoma.edu/english/writers/