Reading: The Writer’s Hotel

New Fiction & Poetry
from The Writer’s Hotel

Fiction: Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven, Shanna McNair

Poetry: Tim Seibles & Roger Bonair-Agard

June 6 at 7:00pm

The Writer's Hotel is a hybrid writers conference set in a Midtown hotel campus, at The Algonquin, Library Hotel and Bryant Park Hotel. Writers bring their work from desk to marketplace in NYC. They meet agents and editors, participate in workshops, go on literary walking tours, attend a gala game of "Wink, Murder" at The Algonquin and more. And each writer reads their own original work in the city. 

DOLEN PERKINS-VALDEZ is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel, Wench. O, The Oprah Magazine chose it as a Top Ten Pick of the Month, and NPR named it a Top 5 Book Club Pick. Dolen's fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Story Quarterly and elsewhere. Honors include the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Short Fiction. She was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Balm, received the DC Commission on the Arts Grant. Dolen teaches at the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, she lives in Washington, DC with her family. 

SCOTT WOLVEN is a TWH & TNG Editor. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. Most recently, his short story, "Playboy," was featured in the September, 2015 edition of Playboy Magazine. The film, "Hepburn" by Tommy Davis, a work based on Scott's short story, "Hammerlock," was featured last Fall at The New York Film Festival on the Main Stage. Scott's stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of the collection appeared in Best American Noir of the Century. 

SHANNA MCNAIR is Founder and Director of The Writer’s Hotel and Founding Editor and Publisher of The New Guard literary review. She writes prose, poetry and scripts and is an award-winning journalist. She has written and directed plays, served as editor of magazines and newspapers and judged writing contests. She recently served as a 2015 RISCA Fiction Fellow Judge, and is an Interdisciplinary Study Adviser at Lesley University. She holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Oxford University, and presently attends Dartmouth College, where she is earning her second Creative Writing Master's. She also earned double major BFA in Creative Writing and Art and has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts. She is at work on a new novel and novella. 

TIM SEIBLES is the author of several books of poems including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, Buffalo Head Solos and most recently, Fast Animal, which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. He has been a National Endowment for the Arts and Provincetown Fine Arts Word Center fellow, and received an Open Voice Award. In 2013 he received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry. Anthology publications include Manthology, Black Nature, Seriously Funny, The Autumn House Anthology of American Poetry, So Much Things to Say, and Best American Poetry 2010. He has taught at Cave Canem, The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, University of Southern Maine, and presently teaches at Old Dominion University. 

Born in Trinidad, ROGER BONAIR-AGARD is a poet and writer and national slam champion. An author of several books of poems, his most recent, Bury My Clothes, was a 2013 National Book Award Finalist. He is co-founder the louderARTS Project, where he serves as Artistic Director. He has taught at Fordham University and New School, among others. Over the past decade he has worked with the youth at Urban Word in New York City, at Volume in Ann Arbor and with poetry youth organizations in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. He presently teaches poetry at the Cook Country Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago.
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