Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.
Eric Sasson is the author of the short story collection Margins of Tolerance and the novel Admissions. His stories have been nominated for the Robert Olen Butler prize, the Pushcart prize, and one is in The Best Gay Stories 2013. For three years, he wrote “Ctrl-Alt,” a column on LGBT culture for the Wall Street Journal, and he is now a regular contributor to Vice, The New Republic and GOOD magazine. His articles have been featured on “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe Scarborough,” and in February 2017, he was part of the team that was awarded the National Magazine award “Ellie” for Personal Service. Other publication credits include pieces in them., Salon, Five Points, William and Mary Review, The Puritan, BLOOM and Nashville Review. He received his MA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught fiction writing for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop in Brooklyn, where he was born, bred, and still resides.
Jonathan Vatner is the author of Carnegie Hill, a novel about life and death in a luxe Upper East Side co-op building, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in 2019. His stories have been published in Confrontation, Jonathan, Chelsea Station, and the Best Gay Stories anthology. A journalist for the past 16 years, he works as the staff writer for Hue, the magazine of the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Harvard University in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Viet Dinh was born in Vietnam and grew up in Colorado. He attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Houston and currently teaches at the University of Delaware. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts, as well as an O. Henry Prize and the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction. His stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Witness, Fence, Five Points, Chicago Review, the Threepenny Review, and Best American Non-Required Reading 2017, and his debut novel, After Disasters, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, was released in 2016.
Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. They are the author of Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II a chapbook published by Awst Press, and other writing appears in Apogee Journal andSmokeLong Quarterly. Their story, “Where Every Boy is Known and Loved” was recently named as a Finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions Anthology, forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books, and their story “Last Rites” appears in the collection “Everyday People: The Color of Life”, forthcoming in August 2018 from the Atria Books imprint of Simon and Schuster. They currently serve as Fiction Editor at Apogee Journal, Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, and co-host of the popular podcast Food 4 Thot. You can find more information at their website: www.dennisnorrisii.com.