Aunt Lute x POC United Presents a Reading: Isolation

05/13/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm CDT
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction

This reading by writers of color will feature poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on the theme of Isolation.

Since the onset of the global pandemic in 2020, isolation has been, for good or bad, a major feature of life for many people across the world. In this 90-minute event, writers of color will share works honoring the pain, joy, injustice, comfort, and trauma of isolation.

This event is the third installment of a collaborative project between Aunt Lute Books and POC United to support marginalized writers, made possible by funds from the California Arts Council.


Naima Coster is the author of two novels, What's Mine and Yours and her debut, Halsey Street, which was a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. In 2020, she received the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor. Naima's stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Kweli, The Paris Review Daily, The Cut, Catapult, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She has taught writing for over a decade in community settings, youth programs, and universities. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Devi S. Laskar is the author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues, which won the 7th annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize (2020) for best debut novel set in the South, the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; and was a finalist for the 2020 Northern California Book Award, long-listed for the DSC Prize in South Asian Literature and the Golden Poppy Award. The novel was named by The Washington Post as one of the 50 best books of 2019. Her second novel, CIRCA, will be published in Spring 2022 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., she now lives in California with her family.

Nayomi Munaweera is an award-winning writer of the novels Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us. She lives in Oakland, California, and is finishing her third novel, a psycho-sexual literary thriller.

Alba Hernandez is a writer inspired by Puerto Rico, growing up in Bushwick, and salsa. Her writing was highly commended in the Poetry Project series ‘House Party,’ Like Light (Bright Hill Press), Calabash (A Journal of Caribbean and Arts and Letters), and most recently in Harvard’s Latinx Publication: PALABRITAS. She received the Bronx Council of the Arts First Chapter Award and Columbia University’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature Writing. She’s read at el Museo del Barrio, Nuyorican Poets Café and La Respuesta in Puerto Rico. Currently, she teaches creative writing to students across New York City public schools with Teachers & Writers Collaborative and other organizations.

Tom Pyun has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Anthology award. He's been awarded fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, VONA, and Tin House. His short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Bold Italic, The Rumpus, and Joyland, and placed in competitions such as The Blue Mesa Review's Summer Story Contest.

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Emma Rosenbaum