LitFest: International Perspectives from Autumn House PressSaturday, May 15, 2021 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. *Please note special start time* (run-time 60 min)
Presented in partnership with Autumn House Press
Autumn House Press is a nonprofit publisher whose mission is to publish and promote poetry and other fine literature. The press believes literature is an affirmation of the deep and elemental range of our human experience, and our need for it is as crucial now as it ever has been. In this program, AHP will present three of their writers—a poet, a short story writer, and a memoirist—to discuss how their writing addresses and engages with themes of immigration and multiculturalism. The remarks will be followed by readings from each. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley will read from her new and selected poetry collection, Praise Song for My Children; Michael X. Wang will read from his debut short story collection, Further News of Defeat; and Dickson Lam will read from his memoir, Paper Sons.
Format: Pre-recorded readings in English; viewed virtually
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is the author of five previous collections of poetry. Her new and selected collection, Praise Song for My Children, was released by Autumn House in March 2020. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Harvard Review, Harvard Divinity Review, Transition Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, among others, and her work has been translated in Italian, Spanish, and Finnish. She teaches creative writing and African literature at Penn State Altoona.
Michael X. Wang was born in Fenyang, a small coal-mining city in China’s mountainous Shanxi Province. He immigrated to the United States when he was six and has lived in ten states and fifteen cities. His work has appeared in New England Review, Greensboro Review, Day One, and Juked, among others, and they have won an AWP Intro Award and been selected by the Best American Anthology as a notable story of the year. Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Arkansas Tech University.
Dickson Lam earned MFA degrees from the University of Houston and Rutgers-Newark. His work appears in The Normal School, Hyphen, PANK, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from VONA and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Pittsburgh International Literary Festival (LitFest) is a 10-day event that considers themes of migration, identity, and displacement with an emphasis on works in translation. (Full Schedule Here)