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Allegiance: Art, Love, and Migration

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm PST
1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Three books—a novel, a graphic memoir, and a poetry collection—that grapple with questions of who to love, national identity, class divides, loneliness in an unknown place. In the 1920s, a young refugee from the Soviet Union finds herself embroiled in the art and marriage of a brilliant writer and his wife in Adrienne Celt’s novel Invitation to a Bonfire. Wendy Chen’s Unearthings, the fourth selection in Tavern Books’ Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series, explores Chen’s identity as an Asian-American woman and the complexities of cultural, ancestral, and familial inheritance. Ali Fitzgerald’s graphic memoir Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe depicts her decade in Germany, entwining political and personal displacement as she explores loss, community, and the way art can bring people together. Moderated by Sarah Bowlin.

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Adrienne Celt

Adrienne Celt is the winner of a 2016 O. Henry Prize, and the author of the 2015 novel The Daughters. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, Zyzzyva, Tin House, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, and more. As a cartoonist, her comics have been published by The Rumpus, The Toast, and others, as well as on her weekly webcomic loveamongthelampreys.com. She lives in Tucson. Find her online at adriennecelt.com.

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Wendy Chen

Wendy Chen is the author of Unearthings (Tavern Books, 2018). She is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Rattle, American Poets, and A Public Space. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University and is co-founder and editor for Figure 1. A collection of her translations of Song Dynasty poet Li Qingzhao is forthcoming from Tavern Books. Find Wendy online at wendychenart.com.
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Ali Fitzgerald

Ali Fitzgerald is a comic artist and writer living in Berlin. Her most recent book is Drawn to Berlin. She is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and recently began a monthly satirical comic there about America. She has also contributed comics to New York Magazine's The Cut, Modern PaintersThe New York TimesArt-Das Kunst Magazine and Greenpeace Magazine. She wrote and drew the popular webcomic "Hungover Bear and Friends" for McSweeney's from 2013 to 2016. Visit her online at alifitzgerald.net
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Sarah Bowlin

Sarah Bowlin is an agent at Aevitas Creative Management.  Before becoming an agent, she spent nearly a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction, first at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Company. She has worked with many acclaimed writers including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sheila Heti, Salvatore Scibona, Helen Phillips, Kseniya Melnik, Luvvie Ajayi, Ramona Ausubel, Gabriel Urza, Rachel Khong, and Julie Buntin. As an agent, she represents emerging writers Souvankham Thammavongsa, Halimah Marcus, and Kevin Nguyen, among others. Based in Los Angeles but originally from the South, Sarah is interested in great writing and bold voices—specifically stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, identity, and the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. 
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