Our next #CreativeAtTheCannery will be a little different... Four fantastic, incredibly accomplished local authors will share their work beginning at 7pm, and from there, we'll open the floor to our friends and neighbors - please feel free to bring work to share and read aloud on the mic. Some guidelines to keep in mind: Please keep work to around 5 minutes or so, and please leave racism, sexism, biases, and graphic sexual or violent content behind. Check in with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Our authors are Sam Allingham, Elysha Chang, Christin Kendall and Rahul Mehta, and their work will be for sale on site via a pop-up from Penn Book Center.
Sam Allingham is the author of the short story collection The Great American Songbook (A Strange Object). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, One Story, American Short Fiction, n+1, and No Tokens, and has received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Temple University and the University of the Arts.
Elysha Chang is a writer based in Philadelphia. She teaches creative writing and is currently at work on her first novel, which has received support from Kundiman, The Center for Fiction, Jerome Foundation, Swatch Group and KHN Center for the Arts. Her short work appears in Fence Magazine, GQ, The Rumpus and others. Follow her at @elyshoshine!
Christine Kendall writes for children and adults. Her short fiction can be found in The Summerset Review, the Kweli Journal, and Niche Literary Magazine. Her debut novel, Riding Chance, published by Scholastic in 2016, was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens.
Rahul Mehta is the author of the short story collection Quarantine (HarperPerennial, 2011), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction, and the novel No Other World (Harper, 2017), which was named one of Booklist’s top ten debut novels of 2017. His fiction and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Sun, Noon, New Stories from the South, the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Born and raised in West Virginia, he teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.