DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: TERMINAL


Seattle, WA
: On February 28, 2014, PEN Center USA will present DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: TERMINAL, an ensemble reading featuring Jamaal May, Franny Choi, Matthew Nienow, Lilliam Rivera, Stephanie Janis, Mag Gabbert, and Tod Goldberg. DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT creator Natashia Deón will host the event at Impact Hub Seattle (220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104). Doors for the event will open at 6:45 PM; the reading will begin at 7:15 PM.

Jamaal May is a poet and editor from Detroit, MI where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length collection is Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. Individual poems have been awarded the 2013 Indiana Review Prize and appear in journals such as The New Republic, the Believer, Poetry, and Ploughshares. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson and fellowships from Cave Canem and Bucknell University. He is founding editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and a visiting faculty member in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
 
Franny Choi is a Korean-American writer and performer. A Pushcart Prize nominee and award-winning performer, she has been a finalist at the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Fringe, CAP, Apogee, Tandem, and others. Her play Mask Dances was staged in Brown University’s Writing is Live Festival in 2011, and her debut collection of poems, Floating, Brilliant, Gone, will be released on Write Bloody Publishing in March 2014. Franny lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where she coordinates the local youth and adult poetry slams.
 
Matthew Nienow's latest chapbook is The End of the Folded Map (2011).  Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI online, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, New England Review, and Poetry Northwest.  He received a 2011 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been awarded several scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among other grants and fellowships. He lives with his family in Port Townsend, WA, where he works as a boatbuilder. 
 
 
 
Lilliam Rivera is a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow and a 2013 Enchanted Land Fellow at A Room of Her Own Foundation. Her short story "Death Defiant Bomba" received an honorable mention in Bellevue Literary Review's 2014 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, The Rumpus.net, Los Angeles Review of Books, Writers Tribe Review Spring 2013, Antioch University's Lunch Ticket, Sucker Literary, and Latina. Lilliam is currently working on a contemporary young adult novel titled My Shelf Life and can be found at www.lilliamrivera.com.
 
Stephanie Janis was kicked out of the kitchen at six years old and has been buying take out ever since. A Jewish American Princess and former high school English teacher, she lives in Seal Beach with her husband--a gassy garbage collector and her beautiful children. A freelance journalist and humorist, Stephanie is a regular contributor for The Seal Beach Sun and reads her work as part of the women's literary troupe, Not Your Mama's Mama Reading Series. For more information about Stephanie, visit her online at www.steffythestink.com.
 
 
Mag Gabbert is a contributing writer for The Nervous Breakdown, where her essays regularly appear. Her essays, poems, and poetry reviews have also been published in The Rumpus, The San Antonio Current, and the San Antonio Express-News. She received her MFA from the University of California at Riverside and is currently the associate poetry editor of The Coachella Review. She lives in Dallas with her two dogs.
 
 
 
Tod Goldberg is the author of a dozen award-winning books, including Gangsterland, which will be released in 2014 from Counterpoint. His essays, journalism and criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and, most recently, Best American Essays 2013. He lives in Indio, CA where he directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.
 
 
 

A Los Angeles attorney by day, Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarship, and a VCCA Fellowship. Recently named one of 2013’s Most Fascinating People by L.A. Weekly (2014 not so much :), she has an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside, and is the creator of the popular LA-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Rattling Wall, B O D Y, The Feminist Wire, Asian-American Lit Review, You. An Anthology of Second Person Essays, among others. She has taught creative writing for Gettysburg College, PEN Center USA, University of California, Riverside, and 826LA.

DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT was founded in 2011 and is dedicated to producing engaging literary readings that showcase emerging and established writers from around the country.

PEN Center USA, a literary nonprofit based in Beverly Hills, has a membership of more than 600 professional writers. PEN Center USA strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community among the diverse writers living in the western United States. PEN Center USA has a long, successful history of planning literary events in and around Los Angeles; special programming has taken place at The Hammer, The Hotel Café, Largo at the Coronet, The Echo, Actor’s Gang, The Pacific Design Center, The Beverly Hills Hotel, and elsewhere.

DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: TERMINAL is FREE to the public. For more information on DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: TERMINAL, please contact Michelle Meyering, Director of Programs and Events at PEN Center USA: michelle@penusa.org.