Write America: Rachel Pastan, Alison Fairbrother, and Tyehimba Jess

Join us for the sixty- sixth episode of Write America on Monday June 20th featuring Rachel Pastan, Alison Fairbrother, and Tyehimba Jess as they read and discuss their works- intimating how the deep divisions in the country may be healed by the quiet power of art.

This event is free to attend, Registration required.

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About the authors:

RACHEL PASTAN is the author of four novels, most recently In the Field, based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Barbara McClintock. Her 2014 novel, Alena—an updating of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca set in the contemporary art world—was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review. When not writing fiction, she has worked as an editor at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and at a small-town newspaper.

ALISON FAIRBROTHER’s novel The Catch is forthcoming from Random House in June 2022. She is an associate editor at Riverhead Books, and she received her MFA from Stony Brook University. 

TYEHIMBA JESS is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.”

Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000–2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He presented his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2018. Jess is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island. 

Jess' fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Beyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex, and Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry.

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Monday, June 27, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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In the Field: A Novel By Rachel Pastan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953002037
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Published: Delphinium - August 10th, 2021

The Catch: A Novel By Alison Fairbrother Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593134290
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Published: Random House - June 21st, 2022

Olio By Tyehimba Jess Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940696201
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Published: Wave Books - April 5th, 2016