Conjunctions: 80 Launch Party and Reading with Joyce Carol Oates, Leila Philip, Shelley Jackson, and Sangamithra Iyer

June 13th

McNally Jackson Seaport
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Join us to celebrate the launch of Conjunctions:80, Ways of Water! The evening will feature readings by contributors Shelley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, Leila Philip, and Sangamithra Iyer.

The literary journal Conjunctions, edited by novelist Bradford Morrow and published by Bard College, has been a living notebook for provocative, risk-taking, rigorously composed fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction since 1981. As PEN America has it: “Conjunctions is one of our most distinctive and valuable literary magazines: innovative, daring, indispensable, and beautiful.”

Our spring 2023 issue, Ways of Water, explores the nature of water in our lives and those of our fellow beings. Through fiction and poetry, ecological and climate writing, in a multitude of genres, this issue brings together a wide community of writers to plumb this most essential matter so basic to the survival of all flora, all fauna on this fragile water-blue planet.

Conjunctions:80, Ways of Water, features new work from Colin Channer, Joyce Carol Oates, Allegra Hyde, Yxta Maya Murray, Anna Badkhen, Cindy Juyoung Ok, Heather Altfeld, Cole Swensen, Julia Elliott, Can Xue, Lindsey Drager, Danielle Dutton, Kristin Posehn, Jess Arndt, Shelley Jackson, Sangamithra Iyer, Leila Philip, Bronka Nowicka, Frederic Tuten, and more.

Featured Authors

Shelley Jackson is author of Riddance (Catapult), Half Life (HarperCollins), The Melancholy of Anatomy (Anchor), hypertexts including Patchwork Girl (Eastgate Systems), and several children’s books, most recently Mimi’s Dada Catifesto (Clarion). She is also the author of SKIN, a story published in tattoos on the skin of 2,095 volunteers.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author most recently of the novel Babysitter (Knopf) and the novella 48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister (Mysterious Press). She is the 2023 recipient of the Taormina International Book Award and is currently teaching creative writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and New York University.

Leila Philips’s most recent book is Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America (Twelve). She has written award-winning books of nonfiction including A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family, initially published by Viking in 2001 and reprinted by SUNY in 2019. She was a contributing columnist at the Boston Globe and teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at the College of the Holy Cross.

Sangamithra Iyer is the recipient of a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant and Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship at the NYPL for her first book forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. She was recently awarded a Culture and Animals Foundation Grant for The Literary Animal Project, a platform to curate writings and conversations about animals in literature. She worked on water supply protection and planning for New York City for over a decade.

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