The Dimes Discuss Breaking Into the Writing Community

Tuesday, October 25th  at 7:00 p.m.

Four new voices, Chelsea Sutton, Jian Huang, Wendy Labinger and Marnie Goodfriend, The Dimes,  will host a reading and discussion at Chevalier’s about how new writers can advance their careers. They’ll talk about self-promotion, finding the time to write, being a part of Los Angeles’s vibrant book community, and the importance of taking chances. Whether you want to apply for a fellowship  or residency, are sitting on a manuscript, or simply love to hear writers share fresh new work, meet these four women who have immersed themselves in the writing world. The discussion will be moderated by author Carmiel Banasky. Reading, discussion, q&a.

Printed booklets of their readings will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

chelsea-suttonChelsea Sutton is a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow. Her fiction has been published in Spectrum, Catalyst, Bourbon Penn, Texas Observer, and others. She was the winner of NYC Midnight’s 2011 Flash Fiction Contest, and recently a finalist for the 2016 Texas Observer Short Story Award. Her plays have been developed with Rogue Artists Ensemble, Skylight Theatre Company, The Vagrancy, and Brimmer Street Theatre, among others. She has been a finalist for the O’Neill, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwriting Conferences, the Ingram New Works Lab, and the Stanley Drama, Woodward/Newman Drama, and Reva Shiner Comedy Awards. Chelsea is working on a collection of short stories titled Curious Monsters and developing new plays with Skylight Theater’s Playlab and Humanitas Play LA.

jhuang_authorphotoJian Huang is a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow. Her parents brought her to the United States from Shanghai, China, when she was six years old. She grew up in South Los Angeles and earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California. She has worked for a number of social service organizations, including the LA Conservation Corps, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Homeboy Industries. Jian is working on her first memoir titled Business In The Front about the journey to the American Dream.

wendy-labingerWendy Labinger is a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow. She teaches English as a Second Language at UCLA Extension’s American Language Center. She received her MA in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University in 1984. She currently resides in West Hollywood, California where she is working on her first collection of poetry.


Marnie Goodfriend
 is a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging marnie-goodfriendVoices fellow.  She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she’s a sexual assault activist, freelance writer, and visual artist. Her words have been published in Jezebel, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast, and Cosmopolitan UK. Marnie is currently working on two memoirs titled Birth Marks and Chewing Gravel.

banasky-photoCarmiel Banasky is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which Publishers Weekly calls “an intellectual tour de force.” Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Guardian, American Short Fiction, LARB, Slice, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, and on NPR, among other places.