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Sunday, October 20 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Readings: Short Stories

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Maybe you eagerly await each week’s New Yorker to peruse the fiction selection there; or perhaps you haven’t picked up a short story since high school. Either way, you’ll find something new to appreciate in this session showcasing the work of three exciting practitioners of the form. Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s collection White Dancing Elephants focuses largely on the experiences of immigrant women of color in stories that are both visceral and, at times, harrowing; NPR’s review says, “Yes, reading this will be painful, but you will enjoy every page.” Mandeliene Smith’s Rutting Season presents characters on the cusp of sometimes surprising decisions; in a starred Kirkus Review, the collection is praised as “at once powerful and delicate, compassionate and cleareyed.” And Dariel Suarez sets the eleven stories in A Kind of Solitude in his native Cuba after the Soviet revolution; Kenyon Review praises the stories as “full-bodied and confident, and read like the work of a seasoned master.” Hosting this session of short fiction readings is Nakia Hill, educator, facilitator, and author of the poetry collection Water Carrier. Sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book.

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Nakia Hill

Nakia Hill is the author of two books: Water Carrier (2018) and I Still Did It (2019). She was named one of seven 2018 artists-in-residence for the City of Boston. The author, educator, and journalist specializes in launching creative writing and publishing programs for students who... Read More →

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Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician, poet, and fiction writer whose work explores sexual violence alongside Hindu myth and history. Her prose has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Millions, Joyland, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and her poetry in Indolent... Read More →
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Dariel Suarez

Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer and an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow. He received his MFA in fiction from Boston University and is currently the Director of Core Programs and Faculty at GrubStreet. He is the author of the poetry chapbook In the Land of Tropical Martyrs... Read More →
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Mandeliene Smith

Mandeliene Smith is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in Guernica, The Sun, New England Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her short story "Mercy" was also selected by author Stephen King for the list of “100 Other Distinguished Stories... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Dewitt Center Classroom 122 Dewitt Dr, Boston, MA, 02120