Ru Freeman with Hasadri Kelina Freeman
This evening’s virtual program marks a welcome Elliott Bay return for writer/activist/catalyst Ru Freeman. The author of the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, the editor of anthologies (Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine and Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security), with a book of essays also forthcoming and poetry published in journals, she has virtually here tonight with her brilliant book of stories, Sleeping Alone (Graywolf Press).
“Set around the world and grappling with themes of race and class, Freeman's stories work precisely because they are full of the drama and the ordinariness of life. Here is proof that there is tragedy and beauty in the everyday; you just have to know where to look.”—Poornima Apte, Booklist.
“Searing. . . . While Freeman’s prose has many virtues—she’s masterful on a line level and utilizes effective narrative techniques in each story—it’s her ability to highlight how lonely it is to not truly be seen that makes Sleeping Alone so remarkable.”—Rachel León, Chicago Review of Books.
“Ru Freeman captures the moment when the thorn enters the skin, and then she leads us forward toward healing. A great collection from one of the best and most necessary voices of our times.” - Colum McCann.
In conversation with Ru Freeman this evening will be Hasadri Kelina Freeman, an artist and media student with a focus on feminine and marginalised narratives, the radical history and potential of the publishing arts, and sociology of language. She primarily works with words, images, and manufactured waste artefacts from the 20th and 21stcenturies. Her work has appeared in YES & NO Magazine, INFRINGE Magazine, the Kenyon Review (forthcoming), the Asian American Literary Review (forthcoming), and LitHub. Sri Lankan / American born and currently finishing her studies in the UK, she continues to work in diverse settings around the world - including what should be this excellent conversation.