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Author Reading: Adrian Shirk, Claire Donato, Anna Moschovakis

  • Twenty Stories Bookstore 1005 Main St Pawtucket, RI, 02860 United States (map)

Brooklyn-based writers Adrian Shirk (AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, Counterpoint Press 2017), Claire Donato (THE SECOND BODY, Poor Claudia 2016), and Anna Moschovakis (ELEANOR, OR, THE REJECTION OF THE PROGRESS OF LOVE, Coffee House Press 2018) come together for a reading and discussion of their latest works, followed by a Q&A and book signing. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

ADRIAN SHIRK is an essayist and memoirist. She is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (Counterpoint Press), a hybrid-memoir exploring American women prophets and mystics, named an NPR ‘Best Book’ of 2017 and a New Yorker ‘Briefly Noted’. Shirk was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since lived in New York and Wyoming. She’s a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, among others. Currently, she teaches in Pratt Institute’s BFA Creative Writing Program, and lives on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers with her husband, Sweeney, and Quentin the cat.

CLAIRE DONATO is a writer thinking about animals, architecture, desire, exceptionalism, nothingness, pedagogy, psychoanalysis, suffering, and synaesthesia. She received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, where she studied writing across genres and won the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction (judged by Robert Coover) for her not-novel Burial, which was published by Tarpaulin Sky Press in 2013. Prior to attending Brown, she received a BA (summa cum laude) in English Writing and a certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her second book and first full-length collection of poems, The Second Body, was published by Poor Claudia in 2016, and will be republished by Tarpaulin Sky in 2019. She is at work on three projects: Kind Mirrors, Ugly Ghosts, a short story collection; To Hell, with Boundaries, a poetry manuscript; and Gravity and Grace, The Chicken and the Egg, or: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, a novella.

ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS is a writer and translator with an interest in the edges where languages, forms, and subjectivities meet. Her books of poetry include the James Laughlin award-winning You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake, and They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This. Her first novel, Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, came out last year. Her translations from French include Albert Cossery’s The Jokers, Annie Ernaux’s The Possession, and Bresson on Bresson, and experimental translations of and with the Algerian poet Samira Negrouche. A recipient of grants and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, The Poetry Fund, the Howard Foundation, and apexart, she has taught in the graduate writing programs at Bard, Pratt, and Columbia. She's also a longtime member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and a co-founder of Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY.

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