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Join Whitenoise Project and Caldera for a special event at Literary Arts. The night will feature readings and book signings from alumni of Caldera’s Youth Program and Artists in Residence (AiR) Program, including authors Michelle Peñaloza, Leland Cheuk, and Farooq Ahmed, all of whom will have newly published books that were completed at Caldera. Special guest Jolly Wrapper will open the evening.
Farooq Ahmed, Kansastan (7.13 Books)
Leland Cheuk, No Good Very Bad Asian (C&R Press)
Michelle Peñaloza, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire (Inlandia Books)
Jolly Wrapper, @jollywrapper
ADA Accessible and All Ages!
The Whitenoise Project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from underrepresented communities (Black, Indigenous, PoC, Queer, Femme, WoC and people with disabilities).
Caldera’s mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of young people through innovative year-round art and environmental programs. Our work reaches students from historically underrepresented urban and rural communities lacking access to arts education and outdoor learning opportunities.
Since 2002, Caldera’s Artists in Residence (AiR) Program has hosted more than 600 artists, teachers, and cultural activists. The AiR program awards creative individuals and collaborations the gift of time and space at our Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon, prioritizing supporting artists of color, parent artists, community-engaged practitioners, and teaching artists.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). Her full-length collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, recently won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2019 by Inlandia Institute. Her work can be found in places like Prairie Schooner, upstreet, Pleiades, The Normal School and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and Literary Arts, as well as the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar. Michelle has also received scholarships from Lemon Tree House, Caldera, VONA/Voices and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others. Michelle lives in rural Northern California.
Leland Cheuk is the author of three books, most recently, No Good Very Bad Asian, forthcoming from C&R Press in September 2019 (ISBN: ISBN – 978-1-936196-99-9, Distribution: SPD, for more purchase info, go to: https://www.crpress.org/shop/no-good-very-bad-asian/). His novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (2015) was an Amazon National Bestseller in Asian American Literature and was also published in translation in China (2018). He has been awarded fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, Djerassi, Caldera and others. He runs the indie press 7.13 Books, which publishes only debut books of fiction, and teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute. He lives in Brooklyn.
Farooq Ahmed is the author of the novel Kansastan, forthcoming from 7.13 Books in September 2019. Raised in the great state of Kansas, he is a graduate of the Columbia University Creative Writing Program and of Brown University, where he studied biochemistry. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been lauded by the South Asian Journalists Association. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a fear of earthquakes. You can follow him on Twitter (@farooqtheahmed).