5 Over 50 Virtual Reading and Celebration

December 7, 2023

Join Poets & Writers editor in chief Kevin Larimer for a reading and celebration of our latest cohort of “5 Over 50” debut authors. The virtual event will feature readings from the authors and a conversation about their individual paths to publication.

Introducing this year’s 5 Over 50 (clockwise from upper left): Alma García, author of All That Rises (University of Arizona Press); Bernardine “Dine” Watson, author of Transplant (Washington Writers’ Publishing House); Tommy Archuleta, author of Susto (Center for Literary Publishing); Donna Spruijt-Metz, author of General Release From the Beginning of the World (Parlor Press); and Chin-Sun Lee, author of Upcountry (Unnamed Press).

From the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine: “The essays [in our eighth annual 5 Over 50 feature] encompass tales of fate—both encouragements and setbacks—as well as stories of commitment, hope, nerve, confrontation, transformation, triumph, travel, revision, luck, self-confidence, and, of course, writing, always back to the practice of writing, which is necessary to pursue one’s work over the years, come what may. These first-time authors, who range from their early fifties to early seventies, remind us that time, and its inevitable passage, is a gift that enriches our personal and literary lives and that age can make us both robust and nimble, ready to persevere, to put words on the page.”

This event is free. RSVP now to receive the Zoom link.