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Author Reading: Shelly Oria w/ Alison Espach, Mary-Kim Arnold, & Sara Majka

  • Twenty Stories Bookstore 107 Ives Street Providence, RI (map)

Join us at our Fox Point store as we welcome Shelly Oria the editor of INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS: WRITINGS FROM THE ME TOO MOVEMENT (McSweeney’s, 2019), alongside guest authors Alison Espach, Mary-Kim Arnold, and Sara Majka who will read, discuss, and take questions on their own work and the work within INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS, an intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. After the reading, there will be a conversation, Q&A, and book signing!

INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS: WRITINGS FROM THE ME TOO MOVEMENT is among the first books to emerge from the #MeToo movement, and these original texts sound the voices of black, Latinx, Asian, queer, and trans writers, to name but a few, and says “me too” 22 times. Whether reflecting on their teenage selves or their modern-day workplaces, each contributor approaches the subject with unforgettable authenticity and strength. Together these pieces create a portrait of cultural sea-change, offering the reader a deeper understanding of this complex, galvanizing pivot in contemporary consciousness.

Featuring in order of appearance: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Melissa Febos, Syreeta McFadden, Rebecca Schiff, Diana Spechler, Hossannah Asuncion, Nelly Reifler, Courtney Zoffness, Quito Ziegler, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Jolie Holland, Lynn Melnick, Caitlin Delohery, Caitlin Donohue, Gabrielle Bellot, Karissa Chen, Elissa Schappell, Samantha Hunt, Honor Moore, Donika Kelly, Paisley Rekdal, Hafizah Geter, and Shelly Oria.


“As awareness of sexual violence continues to grow, this anthology functions as an empowered testament and treatise, a book for anyone interested in social justice. This important feminist work belongs on campuses and in community conversations...Not just candid and clear revelations of abuse, but powerful demands for justice.” - KIRKUS REVIEWS(starred review)

“This anthology does so much to humanize, again, the stories that have emerged from the#MeToo Movement, already much dismissed and pushed off to the margins. And while that would be enough, it is more than that. There are many beloved writers here, in discussions of the movements that led to this moment, the ways in which too many of us have struggled alone with what happened to us, the legacy of the culture that created these assaults, and inspiration for taking action on restorative justice. This is a book for those losing heart, those already fighting, and those just finding their voice. Which means give it to everyone.” - ALEXANDER CHEE

About Shelly Oria:

Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, among other honors. Recently she coauthored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney’s, which received two Lovie Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. 

Oria's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and elsewherehas been translated to other languages; and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, a Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship in Bulgaria, and the LMCC Workspace Grant. For several years, Oria curated and hosted the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village, along with theatre director Annie Levy. Oria lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she codirected the Writer’s Forum at the Pratt Institute for seven years, and where she has a private practice as a creativity coach.