November is here with the smell of leaves in air that is just starting to hint at a chill, and if that ain’t a magical time for writers, I don’t know what is.
Join us for this Award Winning series (Philly Mag Best of Philly awards this event the “Best Intellectual Drunk Fun” in the entire city + suburbs) as we welcome five writers who will share their work with us, followed by an open mic, where the audience is encouraged to bring work to read and share - print it out, read from your cell phone, just read to us.
Organizers Christine Kendall + Matt Jakubowski worked with the Temple MFA program to find November’s readers:
George Fenton is currently an MFA candidate at Temple University. He’s been previously published in Philadelphia Stories and Crimson & Gray Magazine. Outside of writing, George puts most of his creative efforts into his band, Parius.
Matt Goldberg writes stories and leads somewhat of a double life. His background is in international development and social entrepreneurship, but he's currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Temple. He's been published in Climate Policy Journal and was featured in the inaugural 2018 Storymakers Exhibition -- a symposium for aspiring picture-book creators run by Brooklyn's Public Library. He's pretty dang excited to be reading to you all.
Trevor Lanuzza is an MFA candidate in fiction at Temple University from Lansing, Michigan. His work has appeared in Hobart and Drunk Monkeys. He is the recipient of the 2019 Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for College Writers in fiction.
Ariele Le Grand is a first generation American black woman currently residing in South Philly. Ariele is in the first year of the MFA program at Temple, concentrating in fiction. She also teaches first year writing in the English Department. Ariele writes mostly short stories and essays, and she is excited to begin sharing them with other humans. Her writing often explores love, fanaticism, family issues and the immigrant experience.
Tara Lemma is a First Year Writing Instructor and Fiction MFA student at Temple University. She also works as an Assistant Fiction Editor at Barrelhouse Magazine. Her work has been featured in Longleaf Review, Maudlin House, Monkeybicycle, Paper Darts, and elsewhere. When she is not writing, which is most of the time, she is experiencing joy from trash TV.