Imaginary Museums: Nicolette Polek in conversation with Christine Schutt, Precious Okoyomon and Mary South (SEAPORT)

Twenty-six surreal miniatures about displacement, mystery, and transformation from the winner of a 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. In this collection of compact fictions, Nicolette Polek transports us to a gently unsettling realm inhabited by disheveled landlords, a fugitive bride, a seamstress who forgets what people look like, and two rival falconers from neighboring towns. They find themselves in bathhouses, sports bars, grocery stores, and forests in search of exits, pink tennis balls, licorice, and independence. Yet all of her beautifully strange characters are possessed by a familiar and human longing for connection: to their homes, families, God, and themselves.


Nicolette Polek is a writer and pianist. She is from Cleveland, Ohio, and is currently working on her first novel. Twitter: @NicolettePolek, Instagram: @nicolettepolek

Mary South is the author of the short story collection, You Will Never Be Forgotten, forthcoming in March from FSG Originals. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the MFA program in fiction at Columbia University. For many years, she has worked as an editor at the literary journal NOON. Mary is also a former intern in The New Yorker's fiction department and a Bread Loaf work-study fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, BOMB, The Collagist, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, NOON, and Words Without Borders, and on The writer Maile Meloy awarded her story "Not Setsuko" an honorable mention in the Zoetrope: All Story fiction contest. She lives in New York City.

Precious Okoyomon is a Nigerian American artist and writer living and working in New York. Her first book, Ajebota (2016), was published by Bottlecap Press, and her second book, But Did U Die?, is forthcoming from Wonder in the winter of 2020. 

Christine Schutt's most recent collection of stories, Pure Hollywood, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2018. Her novels include Prosperous Friends; Florida (a National Book Award Finalist); and All Souls (a Pulitzer Prize finalist). Among other honors, Schutt has won Pushcart and O.Henry prizes. She lives and teaches in New York.  

Please note that this event is at 7:30PM

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:30pm

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4 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038
Imaginary Museums: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593765866
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Published: Soft Skull Press - January 14th, 2020

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ISBN: 9780802129222
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Published: Grove Press - February 19th, 2019