AWP Panel: A Reading & Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado & Lesley Nneka Arimah
Join Carmen Maria Machado and Lesley Nneka Arimah for a reading and conversation, moderated by Richard Russo. Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and the winner of the Bard Ficiton Prize. Her stories have appeared in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica. Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. She was also a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and won the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award, among other honors. The reading & conversation will be moderated by Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls.
Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, a winner of the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award. In 2017 the National Book Foundation named her a “5 Under 35” honoree, and her story collection WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY won the Kirkus Prize for Fiction in 2017. She lives in Minneapolis.
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was the recipient of the Bard Fiction Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Granta, NPR, Guernica, and Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. She is the writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.
Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo is the author of nine novels and two short story collections. Empire Falls won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2002. His most recent novel is Everybody's Fool (2016) and most recent short story collection is Trajectory: Stories (2017). He lives with his wife in Portland, Maine.