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Diverse New Voices: Reading & Discussion

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00pm

Four prize-winning writers read from their debut work. Fiction writers Vanessa Hua and Hasanthika Sirisena and poets Tomás Q. Morín and Michael Homolka will also explore the benefits of submitting manuscripts for prize contests and share their experiences.

Michael Homolka is the author of Antiquity, winner the 2015 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. His poems have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Agni, and Poetry Daily. A graduate of Bennington College’s MFA program, he currently teaches high school students in New York City.

Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award for Fiction, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, PRI’s The World, ZYZZYVA, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her novel is forthcoming from Ballantine.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017. His debut poetry collection A Larger Country was the winner of the APR/Honickman Prize. He is co-editor with Mari L'Esperance of the anthology Coming Close, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. He teaches at Texas State University and in the low residency MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Hasanthika Sirisena’s work has appeared in the The Kenyon Review, Witness, Bellevue Literary Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. Her short stories have been anthologized in Best New American Voices and named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and received a 2008 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. She is currently an associate editor at West Branch literary magazine. Her debut short story collection, The Other One, won the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published in March of this year by the University of Massachusetts Press.

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