Friday, Jun 23, 2017 5:00p -
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 8:00p
34 Mellen St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Lectures & Conferences
Lesley University will host an eclectic lineup of award-winning authors during a series of evening readings June 23 to 28 at Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., Cambridge. All readings are free and open to the public.
Visiting authors Lolita Hernandez and Jo Knowles will be special guests along with a selection of Lesley faculty poets, playwrights and authors.
Lolita Hernandez, who spent more than 30 years as a United Auto Worker, is the author of two story collections and received the PEN Beyond Margins Award for “Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant.” Her fiction and poetry are influenced by her Caribbean heritage and her years working for General Motors. Hernandez is the “All Lesley Reads” author-in-residence, and the Lesley community will read and discuss a selection of her short fiction stories, “Making Callaloo” and “Thanks to Abbie Wilson,” prior to her reading on Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Jo Knowles, Lesley’s Writing for Young People Visiting Writer, has published seven middle grade and young adult novels. Her “See You At Harry’s” was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book. Additional accolades include the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award and several American Library Association Notable awards. Knowles will read from her work on Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
The reading series will also feature faculty members from Lesley’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, including poet Adrian Matejka, whose recent collection, “Map to the Stars,” was featured in the Los Angeles Times and PBS NewsHour, and Rachel Kadish, whose new novel, “The Weight of Ink,” was just reviewed by New Republic.
The full schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 23, 5 p.m.
- Rachel Kadish*, fiction
- Adrian Matejka*, poetry
Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.
- Lolita Hernandez, visiting writer
Sunday, June 25, 7 p.m.
- Chris Lynch*, writing for young people
- Kyoko Mori*, fiction
Monday, June 26, 7 p.m.
- Jo Knowles, visiting writer
Wednesday June 28, 7 p.m.
- Doug Bauer*, fiction
- Barry Brodsky*, writing for stage and screen