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WITS Writers Fall News & Events


april joseph‘s poem “Blood in the Water” will be featured in *apo-press: Re-Knewing, available this November.


Brian Benson‘s flash essay “Back Seat” was published on Hippocampus.


Bruce Poinsette recently interviewed fellow WITS writer (and former Director of Youth Programs for Literary Arts) Emilly Prado about her essay collection Funeral for Flaca, multi-state book tour and lessons from freelance writing. To see the full interview, subscribe to Poinsette’s monthly newsletter: https://www.brucepoinsette.com/newsletter/


Cecily Wong‘s second novel KALEIDOSCOPE will be published in June of 2022 by Dutton. KALEIDOSCOPE is told in sensory fragments following the overlooked daughter of a Chinese American fashion empire as she falls apart in the face of her beloved sister’s death, contending with the complicity at the core of her family’s success, and exploring her power to shatter those stories which constrained her, setting off across the globe in search of something more permeable, and freeing.


Elisabeth Geir‘s essay “The Man Who Vanished: Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)” was published this week on Bright Wall/Dark Room.


Emilly Prado recently returned from her book tour for Funeral For Flaca. She has several upcoming events, and is currently booking speaking engagements. For more information, visit https://emillyprado.com/books/.


Jennifer Perrine‘s poem “Breasts,” was published in Arlington Literary Journal‘s LGBTQ Poetry issue and their short story, “Gilly,” was published by Buckman Journal this summer.

Perrine has four poems forthcoming in the October issue of New Letters, as well as new poems in the Fall/Winter issues of JuxtaProse Literary Magazine and Cutbank: All Accounts and Mixture. Their poem, “Build” (from Again) will be reprinted in NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators. The anthology will be published by Sundress Publications in October and Perrine will be participating in an online reading with other contributors on Wednesday, October 27, 4-5:30pm PT.

In November, Perrine will be teaching two classes—“Contents Under Pressure: Using Constraints to Stretch Your Creativity” and “It’s Complicated: Love Poems for the Real World”— at Northwest Writers’ Weekend. They are also serving as a mentor for the 2021-22 Community Profile Cohort for BIPOC Queer Youth.

Perrine has been co-hosting Incite: Queer Writers Read with Vinnie Kinsella. The next event will be on Wednesday, November 17th, 7pm PT, when the featured readers will be Andrew Huerta, Carolyn Wood, and Mikki Gilette. The theme for the November reading is “Bare.”


Katie Borak‘s personal essay, “The Land of Inconceivable Potential” was recently published on Entropy’s website.


Laura Moulton‘s book Loaners: The Making of a Street Library, co-written with Ben Hodgson, will be published on October 5th and is available to order from Powell’s now. Their virtual event at Powell’s is October 5th, 5 p.m., in conversation with Omar El Akkad. Register to attend here. 

Moulton and Hodgson will also be part of the in-person Portland Book Festival events on November 13th, details to be announced.


Meg E. Griffitts‘ forthcoming chapbook Hallucinating A Homestead (Winner of the 2020 Chapbook Prize) is available for preorder from Two Sylvias Press. To read a sample poem and preorder, visit http://twosylviaspress.com/hallucinating-a-homestead.html.


Monika Cassel participated in a virtual event celebrating the Rumanian/German poet Dana Ranga’s new book Cosmos to close out the 2021 JUNIVERS celebration of German poetry.

The event was a virtual gathering to take the place of the canceled in-person colloquium that was scheduled for June 2021. Cassel will be attending the colloquium in Berlin in June 2022.

Cassel’s chapbook Grammar of Passage was published by flipped eye publishing in February 2021. She has a poem forthcoming with the new Moist Poetry Journal this month.

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