April 23, 2020
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Release: Feb. 21, 2019
GAMBIER, Ohio — A number of award-winning writers will speak at Kenyon College this spring as part of the Kenyon Review’s 2018–19 Reading Series. All events are free and open to the public. Upcoming readings include:
Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4:10 p.m.: Hanif Abdurraqib, Eloisa Amezcua and Emily Jungmin Yoon in the Finn House’s Cheever Room, 102 W. Wiggin St. Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist and cultural critic whose work has been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times and the FADER, among other outlets. His work includes the 2016 poetry collection “The Crown Ain’t Worth Much,” the essay collection “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us,” and the newly published New York Times best-seller “Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.” Amezcua is the author of three chapbooks and the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships, including from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference. Her debut collection, “From the Inside Quietly,” is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize. Yoon is the author of “Ordinary Misfortunes,” winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize, and “A Cruelty Special to Our Species.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including the New Yorker, Poetry magazine and Columbia Journal Online.
Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m.: Salvatore Scibona, at Gramercy Books in Bexley, Ohio. Scibona’s first novel, “The End,” was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award. His work has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and an O. Henry Award, among others, and the New Yorker named him one of its “20 Under 40” fiction writers to watch. This event is co-sponsored with Gramercy Books, the Bexley Public Library and WOSU Public Media.
Wednesday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m.: Sarah Weinman in Finn House’s Cheever Room. Weinman’s most recent book is “The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World.” This reading is co-sponsored with the Kenyon College English Department.
Wednesday, April 3, at 4:10 p.m.: David Baker in Finn House’s Cheever Room. Baker has authored 12 books of poetry, including most recently “Swift: New and Selected Poems,” as well as six books of prose. Among his awards are prizes and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Baker holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University and is poetry editor of the Kenyon Review.
Tuesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m.: David Lynn in Peirce Hall’s Peirce Lounge, 201 College-Park St. Lynn, editor of the Kenyon Review since 1994, will launch his newest collection, “Children of God: New and Selected Short Stories.” His other works include the collections “Year of Fire” and “Fortune Telling” and the novel “Wrestling with Gabriel.”
Wednesday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m.: Stewart O’Nan in Finn House’s Cheever Room. O’Nan will read from his newest novel, “Henry, Himself,” his prequel to his beloved novel “Emily, Alone.” O’Nan is the author of 16 previous novels, including the national best-seller “Last Night at the Lobster.”
Wednesday, April 24, at 4:10 p.m.: Chen Chen in Finn House’s Cheever Room. His work includes “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities,” which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the GLCA New Writers Award, the Texas Book Award for Poetry and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, among others.
Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m.: Tommy Pico in Finn House’s Cheever Room. Pico, a contributing editor at Literary Hub, is author of the books “IRL,” “Nature Poem” and “Junk.” Among his honors are a 2013 Lambda Literary fellowship in poetry and the Brooklyn Public Library’s 2017 Literature Prize. This event is co-sponsored with the Robert P. Hubbard Fund, the Snowden Multicultural Center and the Kenyon College Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
All events are sponsored in whole or in part by the Kenyon Review, the Kenyon College Department of English, the GLCA New Writers Award and the Ohio Arts Council. For more information, visit kenyonreview.org.