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February 2022

PEN Out Loud: Robert Jones Jr. in Conversation with Mateo Askaripour

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

National Book Award-finalist Robert Jones, Jr. celebrates the paperback release of his New York Times-bestselling novel, The Prophets. A stirring and lyrical debut, it tells the love story between two enslaved men, and the endurance of their relationship amid increasing tensions and violence on the plantation where they live. Jones Jr. will be joined in conversation with fellow New York Times-bestselling author Mateo Askaripour.  Tickets are available here! A limited number of FREE student tickets are available by emailing…

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PEN Out Loud: Julie Otsuka in Conversation with Nicole Chung

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PEN/Faulkner award winning novelist Julie Otsuka launches her first novel in over a decade, The Swimmers. Turning her attention to a group of recreational swimmers who are disrupted from their routine when a crack appears at the bottom of their pool, the novel explores dislocation, mother and daughter relationships, and the individual and communal consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. Otsuka will be in conversation with author and contributing writer and editor at The Atlantic Nicole Chung.  Tickets are available here! A…

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March 2022

PEN Out Loud: Solmaz Sharif in Conversation

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the poet for a reading and conversation from her new work "Customs."National Book Award-finalist Solmaz Sharif discusses her second poetry collection, Customs. Examining the “culture of performed social skills and poetry itself—its foreclosures, affects, successes—the collection of poems “trace a pointed indoctrination to the customs of the nation-state and the English language, and the realities they impose upon the imagination.” This event will be available for livestream via Crowdcast. This program is presented in partnership with PEN Out Loud,…

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