Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series
Wednesday, June 11th 7pm
BookCourt (163 Court Street, Brooklyn)
Cristina Henriquez (THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS)
Bret Anthony Johnston (REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS)
Kevin Clouther (WE WERE FLYING TO CHICAGO)
Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH, and founder of SSWW)
On the docket: reading, wine-sipping & general literary merriment.
FREE and open to the public.
Bring your book-loving friends!
Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, The World In Half, andCome Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and AGNI along with the anthology This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers. Cristina’s non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Oxford American, and Preservation as well as in the anthologies State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America and Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Women Writers Reflect on the Candidate and What Her Campaign Meant.
She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” has been a guest on National Public Radio, and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father. Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Chicago.
Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This, which is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times. He is also the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, and the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.
Kevin Clouther was born in Boston and grew up on Cape Cod and in South Florida. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he completed his thesis under Marilynne Robinson and won the Richard Yates Fiction Award for best short story. He has worked at The Iowa Review, Meridian and The Virginia Literary Review, where he served as Fiction Editor. He teaches creative writing at Stony Brook University, where he coordinates the Program in Writing Reading Series, and John Hopkins. He has previously taught at Bridgewater College in Virginia, the University of Michigan Dearborn, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Floral Park, New York with his wife and two children.
Julia Fierro is the author of Cutting Teeth, a novel. Cutting Teeth was recently included on “Most Anticipated Books of 2014” lists by HuffPost Books, The Millions, Flavorwire and Marie Claire. Julia’s work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Guernica Magazine, The Millions, Flavorwire, Glamour and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer and The Economist. She is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, and currently teaches the Post-MFA workshops at Sackett Street.
In 2002, she founded the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and what started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has gown into a creative home to more than 2500 writers.