Please join us for a reception welcoming the 2016-17 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence, Lisa Rosinsky, and celebrating outgoing 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence, Jennifer De Leon. Both writers will read from their respective manuscripts. A reception with the authors will follow.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Lisa Rosinsky, of Boston, Massachusetts, earned a B.A. in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and is completing her M.F.A. in creative writing from Boston University. Her debut YA novel, Inevitable & Only, is due out from Boyds Mills Press in spring 2018. Lisa's stories have been published in Highlights and Cricket, and her poetry appears in Prairie Schooner, Measure, Hunger Mountain, 32 Poems, and other journals. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor, a yoga teacher, and as one half of a traveling two-person production of The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe.
Ms. Rosinsky will read from her proposed young-adult novel, Robin & Mariana. This is the story of Robin Chen, a butch poet from Baltimore, and Mariana Gomes, a high-school dropout from Berkeley. They meet online, fall in love, and run away from home to meet exactly halfway across the country -- in rural Nebraska. Ms. Rosinsky will spend the next nine months writing this novel, which she describes as a "queer, modern-day Robin Hood retelling about privilege, social justice and survival."
Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. Her short story "Home Movie" was the Boston Book Festival's city-wide One City One Story selection for 2015. She is a graduate of the MFA in Fiction program from UMASS Boston, and currently teaches at Grub Street.
Ms. De Leon will read from Volar, the manuscript that she wrote during her BPL residency. Volar tells the story of Liliana, a 14-year-old girl whose family moves from a working class Latino neighborhood in Boston to an affluent, predominantly white suburb. Liliana, who soon changes her name to Lili, tries to fit in to her new school and neighborhood. The story follows Lili as she adjusts to her surroundings and learns to value her home culture while discovering her own path.
PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS FREE EVENT
Seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis on the night of the event. However, so that we can plan accordingly, please register in advance for this free event.
To learn more about the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program, please visit: http://www.writer-in-residence.org. If you have further questions, please contact the Associates office at email@example.com or (617) 536-3886.
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Associates of the Boston Public Library
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library (BPL)’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, musical scores, and items of literary, cultural and historic interest. The organization is committed to ensuring continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their cataloging, repair, restoration, digitization, and exhibition.
Over the past 45 years, the Associates has been the creator and underwriter of a wide array of programs, designed to heighten public awareness of the Library's vast free educational resources. These programs include art and architecture tours, readings, lectures, curatorial evenings, exhibitions, music events, and an annual residency for emerging authors. The Associates oversees the David McCullough Conservation Fund and the William O. Taylor Art Preservation Fund.
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