Videos and photos from October 15

October 21st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

If you missed last week’s Literary Firsts, I can’t stress enough the talent that was in that room (minus my reading from a work-in-progress that is sure to change). We had a heartrending essay from Jennifer De Leon, a slew of smart and touching poems from Erica Anzalone, and a startlingly funny, yet vulnerable confessional from Ilan Mochari. You can watch the videos here and check out the photos below.

Carissa Halston reads from her work-in-progress novel.

Jennifer De Leon reads her essay, “Mapping Yolanda.”

Erica Anzalone reads her poetry.

Ilan Mochari reads his confessional essay.

Photo credit, as usual, goes to Randolph Pfaff.

This was our final reading for 2012! See you in January for the reading that will close our third year!

Jennifer De Leon

September 7th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Jennifer De Leon is an urban legend.

Jennifer De Leon is the winner of the 2011 Fourth Genre Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Ms., Briar Cliff Review, Brevity, Poets & Writers, Guernica, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010, and elsewhere. She has published author interviews in Granta and Agni, and she has been awarded scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sandra Cisneros Macondo Writers’ Workshop. The editor of the anthology, Wise Latina: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), she is also working on a memoir and a novel.

Jennifer is the essayist for the October 15 reading.

Ladies and gents: our readers

September 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m thrilled to announce the readers for the next Literary Firsts reading.

Please join us on October 15 at Middlesex Lounge when Erica Anzalone will read poetry, Myfanwy Collins will read fiction, Jennifer De Leon will read an essay, and Ilan Mochari will share a confessional tale. As always, I’ll be your host. Come help us say goodbye to 2012 in style.

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