Pen Parentis Literary Salon: "ALTERNATE LIVES" at LMHQ

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Authors Speak about Alternate Lives

Who am I? What if I have two artistic careers? What does my writing say about me? How do I distinguise my voice from that of a character in my manuscript? How should I introduce myself? Where can I find more time for "me"? All of these are aspects of ALTERNATE LIVES. Find out what authors Janice Eidus, Amy Edwards, and Randon Billings Noble have to say on the topic and add your voice to theirs. Each writer will read from new work, and readings will be followed by a moderated roundtable and audience discussion.

This event will be partially Livecast on Facebook.com/penparentis but our camera will be turned off before group discussion to allow for a more intimate conversation.

Pen Parentis Salons are held in LMHQ’s main event space on the 20th floor of 150 Broadway, three blocks south of Fulton Street. Refreshments are complimentary.

Celebrating ten years of Downtown literary salons, Pen Parentis is a 501c3 literary nonprofit that helps writers stay on creative track after starting a family. The series aims to shatter the negative stereotype of what parents can write by presenting the highest quality of diverse creative writing. Columbia MFA graduates, M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu will moderate. There is no admission charge, though a voluntary $10 donation to Pen Parentis is warmly appreciated (waived for those in need and supporting Title Members of Pen Parentis). We thank Poets & Writers and NYSCA for their continued support of these salons. Find out more about our nonprofit at penparentis.org.

You do not have to be a parent or a writer to enjoy these neighborhood book events.

Transportation info: 4/5, A/C, R/W, or 4/5 to Fulton Street or E or Path to WTC. Three blocks south of Fulton street between Maiden Lane & Liberty Street. Entrance under the scaffolding. Come to the 20th floor!

Bios of featured readers on Tuesday, October 8th at 7 pm:

Amy Edwards is an Austin-based rock’n’roll mom to two girls. Amy strives in all that she does to show them that women can be anything that they want to be in this world. At 40, after taking up guitar just a couple of years prior, Amy wrote and released her first album and now has written and released numerous albums and singles. Amy’s first book, the children’s book Starla and the Boogie Deluxe, was inspired by her kids and includes a downloadable song written by her and sung by her oldest daughter. Amy is also a radio personality at Austin360 Radio and an actor and voiceover artist. The three of them love music, books, and movies, and live in Texas with their dog Tipsy and tortoise Leo. Her forthcoming novel is The Trouble with Becoming a Witch from She Writes Press (pub date October 22!)

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her full-length essay collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019 and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017. Individual essays have appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Massachusetts Review; The Georgia Review; Brain, Child; The Rumpus; Brevity; Fourth Genre; Creative Nonfiction and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC with her spouse and eight-year-old twins – one a graphic novelist and the other a romance/fantasy/historical fiction writer.

Janice Eidus is an essayist, novelist, and short story writer. Her novels include The Last Jewish Virgin, The War of the Rosens, and Urban Bliss. Her short story collections include The Celibacy Club and Vito Loves Geraldine. Her essays and short stories appear in many anthologies and such publications as The New York Times, PurpleClover, LiIlith, and Next Tribe. Her work appears in more than forty anthologies. She has won a Pushcart and two O. Henry Prizes. With her husband and their teenaged daughter, she lives with Cherry the rescue cat a stone's throw from the UN.



This PEN PARENTIS LITERARY SALON is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. All local nonprofits can apply for a Con Edison Bright Ideas Grant for use of LMHQ’s tech-friendly meeting space as well as the Tesla, LMHQ’s largest conference room.

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