Josh Barkan (U.S./Mexico)Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
(1.5 hrs. approximate run time)
Join us for a reading with Josh Barkan, who will read from his highly praised new short story collection, Mexico. This reading will be followed by a moderated discussion with Mexican-Colombian writer/PEN Fusion award-winner Adriana E. Ramírez.
“Masterful stories that peel away at the thin border between everyday life and profane violence in modern-day Mexico.” — Kirkus (starred review)
“Barkan turns in a near-perfect collection that’s addictive, delicious, and confounding in its knife-edge ride through the hard lives of its characters.” — Library Journal (starred review)
Josh Barkan has won the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his writing has appeared in Esquire. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at Harvard, Boston University, and New York University. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia. His latest book, Mexico, was named one of the five Best Books of literature of 2017 by Library Journal.
Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica/PEN America, Literary Hub, Convolution, HEArt, Apogee, and on Nerve.com. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she cofounded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.