Inside the Writer's Studio: On-Stage Reading and Interview with Carmen Maria Machado

$10.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Join us for an evening with Carmen Maria Machado, author of the acclaimed short-story collection Her Body and Other Parties. Machado will read from her work, talk about the writing process with Alexander Lumans, and answer audience questions, live on stage.

Doors open at 5:00 PM at Highlands Church at the Holiday Theater. The reading and interview will begin at 5:30 PM. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Machado will also be giving a craft talk at Lighthouse on July 29, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, teachers, veterans, and through our All-Access Pass.

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and the Crawford Award. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century."

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Alexander Lumans was awarded a 2018 Creative Writing Grant in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was chosen by Philip Roth as the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Creative Writing Resident at Bucknell University. He was also awarded a fellowship to the 2015 Arctic Circle Residency, where he sailed in a tall ship around Svalbard, Norway. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Paris Review, Guernica, Glimmertrain, The Walrus, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Off Assignment, Story Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, Sycamore Review, Forty Stories from Harper Perennial, Blackbird, Cincinnati Review, and The Normal School, among others. He has been awarded fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Brush Creek, Blue Mountain Center, and Norton Island as well as scholarships to the RopeWalk, Sewanee, and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences. He received the 2015 Wabash Fiction Prize from Sycamore Review, the 2013 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from Yalobusha Review. He graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and now teaches at University of Colorado Denver and Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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