JOHN FREEMAN with RICK SIMONSON at Town Hall
Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. On the page and on the stage, John Freeman is one of the most engaged and engaging people at work today. He travels all over the place - throughout the U.S. and beyond, talking mostly to literary writers of various dimensions and renown. Some of them are the most well-known writers at work, others he is helping give wider voice to for a first time. He did this for numerous years as editor of Granta. Now he is doing so with his semi-annual literary anthology in the form of a journal, Freeman’s - whose first issues have had the themes of “Arrival” and “Family.” He has also been about the compilation of anthologies devoted to looking at economic and class disparity - in New York with Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York and, what will be very newly arrived Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (OR Books). All of that, and he should, sometime in 2017, have a first collection of his own poems out from Copper Canyon Press. Whatever can get said here of John Freeman’s range as a serious reader of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, attuned to political, gender, racial, class, and international contexts in ways that very few others are would only scratch the surface. Rick Simonson of Elliott Bay, who has had some good conversations with John Freeman that have not been on stages, will be doing so here tonight - with pleasure. $5 tickets are available at the door or in advance via www.townhallseattle.org (1.888.377.4510). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca).