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Saturday, October 28 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
This Is the Place: Women Writing about Home

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“Home” is a loaded word, a complex idea. Imagining home, creating home, staying home, and leaving home—whether to go to work for the day or leaving a household or homeland for good—are all political acts for women. And the choices we make about the homes we create define us as women, mothers, partners, and citizens. In This Is the Place, thirty women writers explore the theme in personal essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, sentimental objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, space, immigration, gentrification, geography, and more. In this session, select contributors will read from their essays and discuss the question that runs throughout the book: What makes a home? Margot Kahn, coeditor, is the author of the biography Horses That Buck. Kelly McMasters, coeditor, is the author of the memoir Welcome to Shirley and is an assistant professor of English at Hofstra University. Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas and was the One City One Story pick for the 2015 Boston Book Festival; she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Framingham State University. Sonya Chung is the author of the novels The Loved Ones and Long for This World; she teaches at Skidmore College. Is home the place where you “find” yourself? Join in the discussion with contributors to This Is the Place


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Margot Kahn

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck, the biography of world champion rodeo cowboy Bill Smith and his changing American West. The book won the High Plains Book Award and was named a New West Best Book of 2008. A graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in nonfiction, her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared... Read More →

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Sonya Chung

Literature of all kinds is Sonya Chung’s trade. She published her debut novel, Long for this World, in 2010 and has had her hands in the founding and writing of several journals and the publication of essays. She is a founding editor of Bloom and a staff writer for The Millions. Her work has also been published in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, and Short: An International Anthology. She is currently a professor at Skidmore College and has taught at Columbia University, NYU, Gotham... Read More →
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Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is a writer and educator whose focus has been social justice and the immigrant experience. Her short story “Home Movie” was selected as the 2015 One City One Story for the Boston Book Festival. She was named the tuition scholar in fiction at the Bread Loaf... Read More →
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Kelly McMasters

Kelly McMasters is a writer and memoirist whose book Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (2008) is the basis for the documentary The Atomic States of America (2012), which was a select film at the Sundance Film Festival and was also chosen as one of Oprah’s top five summer books. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, the Paris Review, Columbia Magazine, and Tin House, among others. Her work has been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and an Orion Book Award. She currently teaches creative writing at Hofstra University and has also taught... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA