A Night with Best American Essays @ The American Bookbinders Museum, San Francisco [12 October]

A Night with Best American Essays

19:00 - 21:00

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The American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina St, San Francisco, California 94103
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Since 1986, Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Essays has delivered an annual treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays selected from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. Join us for a reading by some of California's leading contemporary essayists, Kendra Atleework, Richard M. Lange, Angela Morales, Karen Palmer, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Alia Volz. Emceed by Alia Volz with an introduction from series editor Robert Atwan. $10


Robert Atwan is the series editor of The Best American Essays, which he founded in 1986. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The St. Petersburg Times, the Boston Review, and the Atlantic Monthly. He has authored studies of popular culture and has contributed criticism and poetry to the Iowa Review, theKenyon Review, the Denver Quarterly, and Image. Atwan edited the college anthologies, Popular Writing in America, Mass Media: Industries and Issues, collections of current journalism in the Our Times series, and political essays in Left, Right, and Center. He edited The Harper American Literature, The Writer's Presence, two collections of poetry inspired by the Bible, and contributed introductions to a new series of Shakespeare plays. He taught the Art of Nonfiction at Seton Hall and recently judged the Sunmag essay contest.

Kendra Atleework is a writer born and raised in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. She’s at work on a book of nonfiction about disaster, family, and history, taking off from her essay “Charade,” which appeared in The Best American Essays 2015. She lives in Minneapolis and in Bishop, California, with her husband, the writer Jonas Gardsby.

Richard M. Lange’s short fiction has appeared in North American Review, Cimarron Review, Mississippi Review, Ping Pong, Portland Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, The William and Mary Review, Eclipse, Green Mountains Review, Georgetown Review and elsewhere. Two of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His essay, “Of Human Carnage,” originally published in Catamaran Literary Reader, was selected for Best American Essays 2016. A former copywriter for a major insurance company, he is working on a novel about the financial crisis. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, and other magazines. She is the winner of the River Teeth Book Prize, 2014 and recipient of the 2016 PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She teaches English at Glendale College and lives in Pasadena, where is she working on her second book.

Karen Palmer is author of the novels All Saints and Border Dogs. The recipient of an NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2017, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Five Points, and others. She has taught at UCLA Extension and Lighthouse Writers in Denver, Colorado, and is currently working on a memoir.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media advocacy organization that uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in a changing America. He also established #EmergingUS, the for-profit media production arm of Define American, and the first media property ever to be owned by an undocumented immigrant. As a creator and curator of stories, he produces the annual Define American Film Festival, a traveling event that showcases films and panels focused on America’s changing demographics.

Alia Volz is a native daughter of San Francisco. Her writing is found in The Best American Essays 2017, Tin House, The New York Times, Threepenny Review, Nowhere Magazine, Utne Reader, New England Review and the recent anthologies Dig If You Will The Picture: Writers Remember Prince and Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California. The Squaw Valley Community of Writers awarded her The Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship twice. SF Weekly named her among “Best Writers without a Book in San Francisco.” To make up for that, she's currently working on a book.
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