David Carlin, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Alvin Pang, Francesca Rendle-Short
From various distances come David Carlin, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Alvin Pang, and Francesca Rendle-Short, hailing in some combination from Melbourne, Berlin, Kenya, Singapore, and Flagstaff, for this reading that is part of the procession this next week to Portland and the AWP Conference.
DAVID CARLIN is an Australian writer based in Melbourne. His books include The After-Normal (forthcoming in June 2019 from Rose Metal Press), 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder, The Abyssinian Contortionist, and Our Father Who Wasn’t There.
YVONNE ADHIAMBO OWUOR, who was added after this went to press, is a most significant addition to things, the author of a brilliant, masterwork of a new novel, just published, The Dragonfly Sea (Knopf). Set in Kenya, China, Turkey, and the Indian Ocean this is one of the books of the year. “In this sprawling, beautiful novel from Owuor, a real-life occurrence of a Kenyan woman traveling to China after learning of her Chinese heritage forms the backdrop for a moving story of loss and discovery . . . Brilliantly capturing Ayaana’s sense of loss of her home and her family, as well as her hope for the future, Owuor’s mesmerizing prose lays bare the swirling global currents that Ayaana is trapped within. With a rollicking narrative and exceptional writing, this epic establishes Owuor as a considerable talent.”—Publishers Weekly.
ALVIN PANG is an award-winning poet, editor, anthologist based in Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program, and a board member of the International Poetry Studies Institute. His latest book is What Happened: Poems 1997 - 2017 (Math Paper Press). He is also co-editor of the recent anthology, Union: 50 Years of Writing from Singapore and 15 Years of Drunken Boat.
FRANCESCA RENDLE-SHORT is an award-winning writer of essays, memoir and fiction. Her books include Bite Your Tongue, Imago, and the anthologies The Near and The Far and PRESS: 100 Love Letters.
NICOLE WALKER, originally listed to be here, has had to cancel her appearance.