Monday, June 6th at 7 p.m.
To celebrate the fellowship’s 20th Anniversary, PEN Center USA has opened The Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public. Free to PEN Center USA members who bring their Author Evening ticket; non-members can purchase tickets here.
Author Evening Series events include a brief reading, conversation, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Monday, June 6th Author Evening at 7 p.m. is a discussion between short story masters Richard Bausch, Ron Carlson and Aimee Bender moderated by Marisa Matarazzo. The evening’s conversation will center around The Stories of Richard Bausch, Ron Carlson Writes a Story and Aimee Bender’s The Color Master.
Richard Bausch is the author of eleven novels, and eight collections of stories, including Spirits, The Fireman’s Wife, Rare & Endangered Species, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Stories of Richard Bausch, Wives & Lovers, and the recently released Something Is Out There. An acknowledged master of the short story form, Richard Bausch’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Narrative, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories From the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize Stories. He has been widely anthologized in The Granta Book of the American Short Story and The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Stories. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is the 2013 Winner of the REA award for Short Fiction. Bausch is currently a professor at Chapman University in Orange, California.
Ron Carlson’s most recent novel is Return to Oakpine. In his essay collection, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, he gives rare insight into a veteran writer’s process by inviting the reader to watch over his shoulder as he creates the short story “The Governor’s Ball.” His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and others; they have been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” He has received a number of honors and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and the 1993 Ploughshares Cohen Prize. He is a professor of English and Co-Director of the MFA Program in Writing (fiction) at the University of California, Irvine.
Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a New York Times Notable Book; An Invisible Sign of My Own, a Los Angeles Times pick of the year; Willful Creatures, nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year; The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction and an Alex Award; and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts”. She has received two Pushcart prizes, and was nominated for the TipTree award and the Shirley Jackson Short Story Award. She is a professor of English at USC.
Marisa Matarazzo is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums. Her work has been published in Faultline, Hobart, Fivechapters, Unstuck, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design and is currently at work on a novel.