Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m.
LitFolks LA hosts a remarkable constellation of writers reading from their latest work and talking about the most glorious thing they’ve found about being a writer and a moment when they almost lost faith in it. Aya de Leon, Bryan Allen Fierro, Minal Hajratwala, Dana Johnson, Karen Palmer, Jeremy Rosenberg and Margaret Wappler. Signing to follow.
Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Her debut feminist heist novel, Uptown Thief, was published in July. She has written for various media outlets such as xojane, Ebony, Guernica, Huffington Post, Reductress, Essence, Writers Digest, Bitch Magazine, Racialicious, Fusion, Quartz, and The Toast.
Bryan Allen Fierro holds an MFA from Pacific University in Oregon. Fierro is the recipient of the Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in Fiction. His novel, Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul, coming out this September, is set in East Los Angeles.
Minal Hajratwala is author of the award-winning epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents. Her latest book is Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a collective of which she is a co-founder. She graduated from Stanford University, was a fellow at Columbia University, and was a 2011 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar.
Dana Johnson is the author of the recently published short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Karen Palmer is the author of the novels All Saints and Border Dogs. A short story in The Kenyon Review, “Virtuoso Mio”, received a Pushcart Prize and is anthologized in The Bedford/St. Martin’s Introduction to Literature. Karen has taught at UCLA Extension and at Lighthouse Writers in Denver, Colorado, and is currently working on a memoir.
Jeremy Rosenberg is the Assistant Dean, Public Affairs and Special Events, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a former team member of Metabolic Studio. His writings about art, urban planning, policy, ideas, and much more have appeared in dozens of anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Art Newspaper, and ARTNews. He is the author of Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles and, with its subject, Ti Georges LaGuerre, he co-wrote, No Man Is An Island: A Memoir of Family and Haïtian Cuisine.
Margaret Wappler has written about the arts and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, Cosmo, New York Times, and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Black Clock, Public Fiction, and Joyland. Neon Green is her first novel.