NYC | July 19th: The Mysterious Life of the Heart
Ah July! Birdsong, blue sky, and beach! What to do after all that fun in the sun? Join us inside for some belle-lettres and beer, of course. Bask in the summer literary light of three writers from the anthology, The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Writings from The Sun about Passion, Longing, and Love, and a special guest poet.
James Kullander lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island — and on the long and winding roads between the two. He holds a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is editor in chief of marketing at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. His interviews with Pema Chodron, Marion Woodman, and Sister Joan Chittester — all published in The Sun — are part of an ongoing series of talks with prominent women who have influenced him. His essay in this anthology was selected to appear in The Best Buddhist Writing 2008.
Katherine Vaz lives in New York City. Since The Sun published one of her first short stories in 1988, she has published two novels — Saudade (St. Martin’s Press) and Mariana (Aliform Publishing)– and two collections of short stories, the most recent of which, Our Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portugese-American Stories (Bison Books) won the 2007 Prairie Schooner Prize in fiction. She’s currently a Briggs-Copeland Fellow in fiction at Harvard University.
Sparrow lives with his wife, violet Snow, and daughter, Sylvia, in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he is a gossip columnist and small-time reporter. He is attempting to learn gourmet cooking, and his sauteed peppers with polenta (based on a recipe found on the Kraft Cheese website) were a decided success. His work has been published in the New Yorker, and he is the author of America: A Prophecy (Soft Skull Press).
Gregory Pardlo is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received additional fellowships from the New York Times, the MacDowell Colony, and the Cave Canem Foundation. A finalist for the Essence Magazine Literary Award in poetry, his first book, Totem, won the 2007 APR/ Honickman Prize. He is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at George Washington University in Washington, DC.