A Celebration for the Publication
Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 pm EASTERN / 3:30 pm PACIFIC
Andrea Clark Libin will read passages from her debut book and be in conversation with
Karen Russell, Idra Novey, Maya Lydia Bushell and Doretta Lau.
Andrea Clark Libin’s Orphan of The Moon: Notebook of a Girl in a Moscow Station was published this fall by Wet Cement Press. Her work has appeared in Poetry Northwest (prose & photography), Paris Lit Up Magazine, Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetics, Kadir Has University’s Culture and Arts Journal (Istanbul), Zen Monster, and Downtown Brooklyn. Libin has taught at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, LIU Brooklyn, and Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Most recently, she has been teaching workshops in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for children and teachers at an NGO village school and The Women’s Resource Center. Born and raised in Manhattan, she currently divides her time between Brooklyn, Asia, and Europe. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University’s MFA Writing program. She is at work finishing a novel.
Maya Lydia Bushell is a writer, visual artist, and musician born and raised in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she completed a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and History of Art and Architecture. Her senior Capstone project was an extended work of creative non-fiction centered on her relationship with food, family, and the formation of identity, written under the supervision of the Irish writer Carlo Gébler. From 2018 to 2019 she was Co-Editor of Icarus magazine, Ireland’s oldest arts publication still in existence. She has worked as an intern with Ugly Duckling Presse, a Bibliographic Intern for Printed Matter, Inc., and is currently a member of the Student Forum at The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin. Her writing and visual art have been published in Icarus, Carta, Tn2, and grass magazines, as well as Trinity News and The Trinity Journal of Literary Translation. https://mayalydiabushell.com/
Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014). The book was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award and was named by The Atlantic as one of the best books of 2014. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. She has written on arts and culture for Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, ArtReview, and LEAP. She is working on novel called We Are Underlings. https://www.dorettalau.com/
Idra Novey is the author of the novel Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a Best Book of the Year at NPR, Esquire, BBC, Kirkus Review, and O Magazine. Her first novel Ways to Disappear, received the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, The Next Country, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into a dozen languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, and the Poetry Foundation. Her works as a translator include Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. and a co-translation with Ahmad Nadalizadeh of Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian, Lean Against This Late Hour, published with Penguin Press in 2020. She teaches fiction at Princeton University. http://www.idranovey.com/
Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and one of The New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2011. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim award and is a former fellow of the NYPL Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She is the author of Sleep Donation (September 2020), Orange World, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Swamplandia!, and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children. She is the Endowed Chair of Texas State University’s MFA program, where she teaches in the fall semesters.