Happy to inaugurate the Pop Up Lit Night series presented by Fall for Books in Fairfax, VA. The theme is Transformations and I’ll be reading from American Software along with Emily Mitchell, author of Viral: Stories.
Emily Mitchell’s first collection of short stories, Viral, was published in June 2015. The New York Times Book Review called this collection “[A]lluring…the best stories here push towards true heartbreak,” and, in a starred review, Kirkus Reviews described Viral as “[E]xceptionally readable…A rich collection that takes the familiar obsessions of love and loneliness and views them from uncanny angles in ways that are magical, cutting, and intensely recognizable.” Her first novel, The Last Summer of the World, (W. W. Norton, 2007) was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, New England Review, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review and other magazines. Her review-essays have appeared in the New York Times, New Statesman and Guernica. She teaches writing at the University of Maryland.
Henry Crawford is a poet living and writing in the Washington, DC area. His work has appeared in several journals and online publications including Boulevard, Copper Nickel, Folio, Borderline Press and The Offbeat. He was a 2016 nominee for a Pushcart Prize for his poem “The City of Washington” appearing in District Lit. His first collection of poetry, American Software, was published in 2017 by CW Books.