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Saturday, October 28 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Readings: Short Stories

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The short story form isn’t just a springboard to longer-form writing; for many authors, it’s the perfect small canvas on which to explore, experiment, and let imaginations run wild. In this session, we’ll hear from three skilled practitioners of the genre. Noy Holland has been perfecting her short story craft for the past two decades. Her new collection, I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, gathers a dozen previously published stories with thirty new ones, ranging in length from a single page to a novella, with lyrical language walking the line between poetry and prose. Debut author K. L. Pereira is also interested in the spaces between; her collection, A Dream Between Two Rivers, uses the tropes of fairy and folk tales to illuminate the experiences of those who inhabit the edges and the dark places. And Edie Meidav, the author of three novels, ranges widely in her collection Kingdom of the Young, which “glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance,” according to a starred review from Kirkus. Our host for this session is Marjan Kamali, author of the novel Together Tea and one of the curators of the Arlington Author Salon.

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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali’s debut novel Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from NYU. Her short stories appear in the... Read More →

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Noy Holland

Noy Holland was an accomplished educator and short story and novella writer before she published her debut novel, Birds, in 2015. She is the author of the collections The Spectacle of the Body (1994), What Begins with Bird (2005), and Swim for the Little One First (2012). In 2008 she was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council award and has also been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow. She teaches in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is on the board of directors of Fiction Collective Two. Her latest work is the story collection I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels... Read More →
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Edie Meidav

Edie Meidav is an award-winning author, educator, and editor. She currently teaches creative writing at UMass Amherst and is a senior editor at Conjunctions magazine. She is the author of The Far Field (2002), which tells of an “anti-missionary"’s travels in then Ceylon in the 1930s; Crawl Space (2005), which won the Bard Fiction Prize; and Lola, California (2011), the story of a daughter reuniting with her father who is on death row. In addition to the Bard Fiction Prize, Meidav has also been awarded the Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. Her latest book is Kingdom of the Young, a collection of short fiction... Read More →
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KL Pereira

KL Pereira's chapbook, Impossible Wolves, was published by Deathless Press in 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in The Drum, Shimmer, Innsmouth Free Press, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Bitch, and other publications. She's a member of the New England Horror Writers... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA