NYC | March 16, 2008

Ah spring! Well, almost. We’ll approach the new season in the company of four literary luminaries who write across the genres, teach, act, and inspire. Come see (and hear) for yourself!

Luis H. Francia is a poet, nonfiction writer/journalist, and playwright. His last collection of poetry was Museum of Absences (2004). His memoir Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago won both the 2002 PEN Center Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. He has edited a number of anthologies, including Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English. His dramatic piece, The Beauty of Ghosts, was staged at Topaz Arts in Queens last December. This October, the musical duo Electric Kulintang will perform a new work of his at Joe’s Pub. He has written for the Nation and the Village Voice, and writes a monthly online column, “The Artist Abroad,” for the Manila daily, Inquirer. He teaches at New York University.

Robert Lopez is the author of Part of the World. His fiction and poetry has appeared in dozens of journals, including; Bomb, The Threepenny Review, New Orleans Review, New England Review, Denver Quarterly, Blackbird, Nerve, etc. His new novel, Kamby Bolongo Mean River, will be published by Dzanc Books in 2009. He teaches at The New School and at Pratt Institute.

Julie Polk trained as an actress before receiving her MFA in creative writing from The New School in 2007; her solo show Red White Black and Blue was named a “Hidden Gem” of the 2002 NY Fringe Festival. She has published at MrBellersNeighborhood.com and regularly appears at the Earshot! and Clinton Hill Salon reading series. She is currently at work on Welcome to Dogadoon, a book about four generations of women in her family, the fourth of whom is her dog Rosie.

Joseph Salvatore received his M.F.A. in fiction from The New School in 1998 and has gone on to teach writing and literature at Parsons School of Design and The New School. He is the founding editor of The New School’s literary journal, LIT. His current research includes English sentence grammar and style. His work has been published in, among other places, Open City, Post Road, Sleeping Fish, Routledge’s Encyclopedia of Queer Culture, and 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11th and is forthcoming in Dossier Journal.

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