PEN Emerging Voices Author Evenings: Henri Cole & Amy Gerstler

PEN CenterTo celebrate the fellowship’s 20th Anniversary, PEN Center USA is opening The Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public. Free to PEN Center USA members!

Author Evening Series events include a brief reading, conversation, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Monday, March 7th Author Evening at 7 pm will feature conversation between Henri Cole and Amy Gerstler. In preparation for the event, participants should read Cole’s poetry collection, Nothing to Declare and Gerstler’s poetry collection, Scattered at Sea.


05-cole.jpgHenri Cole
 was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1956. He has published nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall Award, and, mostly recently, a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. His ninth collection, Nothing to Declare, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux last spring. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College.

05-gerstlerAmy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Scattered at Sea, a collection of her poems, was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her book Dearest Creature was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. Her previous twelve books include: Ghost Girl, Medicine, Crown of Weeds, which won a California Book Award, Nerve Storm, and Bitter Angel, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.  Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry, and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry. She has taught writing and/or visual art at the California Institute of the Arts, Cal Tech, Art Center College of Design, the University of Utah, Pitzer College, and elsewhere. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of California at Irvine.

Chevalier’s offers a 15% discount on Author Evening Series books to anyone who brings in their Emerging Voices Author Evening ticket.

For tickets, the FULL SERIES READING LIST, and more information—please click here: https://penusa.org/author-evenings. PEN Members are free, but must still have a ticket to enter. NOTE: Walk-ins are welcome if space allows. Tickets can be purchased/reserved at the door.

Benefiting PEN Center USA’s Freedom to Write programs.