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Fiction Forum: LaShonda Katrice Barnett  and Cristina Henríquez

Fiction Forum: LaShonda Katrice Barnett and Cristina Henríquez

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
General Public 

LaShonda Katrice Barnett is the author of the forthcoming debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove Atlantic Inc., Feb. 2015). She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the College Language Association, among others. Barnett's short stories have appeared in The Chicago TribuneGuernica MagazineNew Orleans ReviewSN ReviewJukedC4: Chamber Quarterly Literary ReviewGemini Magazine and elsewhere. The Appropriate Ones, her trilogy of full-length plays explores race within one interracial American family.

She has held residences at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts-Martha’s Vineyard, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where she was a Tennessee Williams Fellow, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Barnett has conducted over one hundred interviews with women musicians and edited the volumes, I GOT THUNDER: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and OFF THE RECORD: Conversations With African American & Brazilian Women Musicians, (Rowman & Littlefield, Spring 2015). The third music book, DROP THE MIC: Women Hip Hop & Neo Soul Artists Sound Off On Creativity & Commerce is forthcoming by Wesleyan University Press. She has taught history and literature at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College and Brown University.  

Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown AmericansThe World In Half, and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and AGNI along with the anthology This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers. Cristina’s non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Oxford American, and Preservation as well as in the anthologies State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America and Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Women Writers Reflect on the Candidate and What Her Campaign Meant.

She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” has been a guest on National Public Radio, and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father. Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Moderated by Tiphanie Yanique, faculty, Writing Program.

Sponsored by the MFA Creative Writing Program.  

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