Our Emerging Writers Series returns THIS FRIDAY to Bar Thalia and we couldn’t be more excited to invite the following talents to our stage:
Kendall Berents is an MFA candidate at Columbia University where she is working on a collection of short stories about the antics of twenty-somethings as well as a novel about young dancers. Her work has appeared in The Gallery and the College of William and Mary Literary Awards. Kendall has received the David C. Jenkins Scholarship for a nonfiction collection about becoming an artist, as well as the G. Glenwood Clark Fiction Prize for her short story about pediatric cancer, which she will read from on Friday. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Kendall is the middle of a set of triplets. Her writing is inspired by them. When she’s not writing, Kendall instructs yoga and drinks dangerous amounts of black coffee. She would like to thank the Hungarian Pastry Shop for their free refills and Emily Pease for the gumption. Kendall hopes that her work will inspire truth and strength in places that seem otherwise lifeless.
Mary Breaden is an Oregonian native living in Brooklyn. She received her Master’s in Book Publishing from Portland State and her Bachelor’s from Marquette University. She founded the feminist website, PDXX Collective, which publishes creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and feminist responses to current events. Mary’s work has been published in The Mondegreen, Education Week, Portland Book Review, and Stumptown Underground. She works in communications for an all-girls school in Manhattan and is at work on a feminist science fiction novel about New York.
Emma Hine’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Florida Review, Arts & Letters, Foothill, Poetry Quarterly, The Bitter Oleander, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and a finalist for the 2014 Florida Review Editor’s Award. Originally from Austin, TX, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Peter Longofono’s poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in H_NGM_N, Boog City, Luna Luna Magazine, Tenderloin, and The Operating System, among others. He serves as the Reviews Editor at Coldfront and makes music with Big Figment and TH!CK. He lives in Brooklyn.
Avia Tadmor was born in Israel and is a second year student of poetry and literary translation at Columbia University. Her baby brother recently completed his service years in a military combat unit. She enjoys breathing again. In addition to her own work, Avia will share some translations of the poet Ronny Someck (b. 1951). Ronny Someck was born in Baghdad and immigrated to Israel as a child. He has published 11 volumes of poetry. Among his awards are the Prime Minister’s Award and the Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew poetry. He teaches creative writing in low-income schools and mental health institutes in Israel, where he also has a history as a basketball player.