Friday 500: Book Launch & Conversation with Teow Lim Goh and Harrison Fletcher

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Join us for a writerly night in which attendees are encouraged to independently write 500 words in the first hour and then join us for a book release celebration for Teow Lim Goh's Western Journeys. This event is free for current Lighthouse members, and guests are welcome to join for a $5 fee.

4:30–5:30 PM:  Come together and write. 
5:30–6:30 PM:  Teow Lim Goh's reading and conversation with Harrison Fletcher. 

In Western Journeys, Teow Lim Goh charts her journeys immigrating from Singapore and spending the last fifteen years living in and exploring the American West. Goh chronicles her lived experiences while building on the longer history of immigrants from Asia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, bringing various, and often new insights to places, the historical record, and memory. These vital essays consider how we access truth in the face of erasure. In exploring history, nature, politics, and art, Goh asks, “What does it mean for an immigrant to be at home?” Looking beyond the captivating landscapes of the American West, Goh uncovers stories of the Chinese people who came to America during the exclusion era, the Indigenous peoples who have been written out of popular narratives, and the mountaineers’ merciless ambitions, among many others. She examines the links between the transcontinental railroad, the cowboy myth, and the anti-Chinese prejudice that persists today. These essays explore such subjects as the early efforts to climb Colorado’s highest peaks, the massacre of Chinese miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and the increasingly destructive fire seasons in the West. Goh’s essays create a complex, varied, and sometimes contradictory story of people and landscape that asks more questions than it answers.

Teow Lim Goh is the author of two previous books, Islanders and Faraway Places. Her essays, poetry, and criticism have appeared in The Georgia Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, PBS NewsHour, and The New Yorker.

Harrison Fletcher will be moderating and hosting.

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of the essay collection, Descanso for My Father, the memoir, Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams,and his newest, Finding Querencia: Essays from In Between. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize, Colorado Book Award, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, New Letters Literary Award, Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Best American Essays Notable selection and Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Memoir award, his work has appeared in such venues as New Letters, TriQuarterly, Puerto del Sol, Best of Brevity, Brief Encounters and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction.He teaches in the MFA Programs at Vermont College of Fine Arts and Colorado State University.

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Feb 24, 2023 4:30pm - 6:30pm