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On the Brink: Obsession and Ambition

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Characters on the edge of sanity and running from their past—to North Dakota, Italy, and Mars. A young American woman attempts to regain her footing and becomes entranced by the mystical saints in Jessie Chaffee’s Florence in Ecstasy; in Gabe Habash’s Stephen Florida, a college wrestler is focused on the state championship at any cost; and the astronauts, and those they leave behind in pursuit of the frontier, confront the extremes of outer space and the complications of their own human hearts in Meg Howrey’s The Wanderers. With moderator Leni Zumas (The Listeners, forthcoming Red Clocks).

Jessie Chaffee

Jessie Chaffee was awarded a Fulbright Grant to complete Florence in Ecstasy and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Slice, Bluestem, Global City Review, and The Sigh Press, among other places. She received her MFA from the City College of New York, and she lives in New York City, where she is an editor at Words Without Borders.
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Gabe Habash

Gabe Habash is the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. He holds an MFA from New York University and lives in New York. His most recent book is Stephen Florida.
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Meg Howrey

Meg Howrey is a former dancer who performed with The Joffrey, Eglevsky Ballet, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She is the author of two previous novels, Blind Sight and The Cranes Dance, and the coauthor of the bestselling novels City of Dark Magic, and City of Lost Dreams, published under the pen name Magnus Flyte. Her non-fiction has appeared in Vogue and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her most recent novel is The Wanderers. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
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Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas is the author of Red ClocksFarewell Navigator: Stories, and The Listeners, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Portland State University. Visit her online at lenizumas.com
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