Darryl Pinckney


Darryl Pinckney, author of the new novel, Black Deutschland (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), reads from "In Ferguson," an essay he wrote for the New York Review of Books​ on ​witnessing the demonstrations occurring in​ Ferguson, Missouri,​ ​in November 2014.​

Amber Sparks


"'Old people,' whispers Anna to her brother, 'are actually half robot. Only a robot could walk that slow.'" Amber Sparks​ reads ​"Cocoon​"​ from her first story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies (Curbside Splendor, 2012). Her second story collection, The Unfinished World: And Other Stories (Liveright, 2016), explores star-crossed lovers, taxidermists, time travelers, and space janitors.


Paul Lisicky


"What was I telling you? It was something like this: The world was made exactly for us and we'd never have to leave it." Paul Lisicky reads from his novel The Burning House (Etruscan Press, 2011) for Rosemont College's MFA Reading Series. Lisicky's new memoir, The Narrow Door (Graywolf Press, 2016), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Yusef Komunyakaa and Wendell Pierce


"After conquering / frontiers, the mind comes back to rest, / stretching out over the white sand." At a 92Y event, Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa reads "Islands" from his poetry collection, The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), and the Wire actor Wendell Pierce reads from his memoir, The Wind in the Reeds (Riverhead Books, 2015), in which he explores art's ability to redeem his native New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.


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