Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Come for a night in celebration of Freeman's new issue, centered around the theme of “The Future of New Writing,” from the former editor of Granta and faculty at the New School Creative Writing Program, John Freeman.
Freeman will be joined by special guests from the issue, whose identities will be announced on September 19.
A special issue of the journal that has fast become a fixture in the literary landscape, Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing announces a global list of poets, fiction writers, and essayists whose work boldly paves the way of the future
In three issues, the literary anthology from leading editor and literary critic John Freeman has gained an international following and wide acclaim: “fresh, provocative, engrossing” (BBC.com), “impressively diverse” (O Magazine), “bold, searching” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing departs from the series’ progression of themes. This special fourth installment instead introduces a list—to be announced just before publication—of more than twenty-five poets, essayists, novelists, and short story writers from around the world who are shaping the literary conversation right now and will continue to impact it in years to come.
Drawing on recommendations from book editors, critics, translators, and authors from across the globe, Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing includes pieces from a select list of writers aged twenty-five to seventy, from almost twenty countries and writing in almost as many languages. This will be a new kind of list, and an aesthetic manifesto for our times. Against a climate of nationalism and silo’d thinking, writers remain influenced by work from outside their region, genre, and especially age group. Serious readers, this special issue celebrates, have always read this way too—and Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing brings them an exciting view of where writing is going next.
Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing MFA Program and McNally Jackson Booksellers.
Previous issues of FREEMAN'S have been themed around the concepts of "Arrival," "Home," and "Family," featuring previously unpublished work from a mix of established names (Marlon James, Kay Ryan, Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdich and others) and new voices. With "The Future of New Writing," Freeman has assembled an aggressively outward- and forward-reaching list of writers, looking beyond the arbitrary prescriptions of national identity, age, or genre to which such collections generally adhere. "The Future of New Writing" draws on recommendations from book editors, critics, translators, and authors from across the globe, including pieces from a select list of poets, fiction writers, and essayists whose work boldly breaks new ground against a climate of nationalism and siloed thinking, influenced by work from outside their region and genre. Aged twenty-five to seventy, the writers in the issue hail from almost twenty countries and are writing in almost as many languages. They are shaping the literary conversation right now and will continue to have an impact for years to come.