John Freeman presents Freeman's: Conclusions, with Hannah Lillith Assadi, Kelsey Day, Colum McCann, and Chinelo Okparanta

October 11th
McNally Jackson Seaport
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Featuring new work from Rebecca Makkai, Aleksandar Hemon, Rachel Khong, Louise Erdrich, and more, the tenth and final installment of the boundary-pushing literary journal Freeman's, which explores all the ways of coming to an end.

Over the course of ten years, Freeman's has introduced the English-speaking world to countless writers of international import and acclaim, from Olga Tokarczuk to Valeria Luiselli, while also spotlighting brilliant writers working in English, from Tommy Orange to Tess Gunty. Now, in its last issue, this unique literary project ponders all the ways of reaching a fitting conclusion.

For Sayaka Murata, keeping up with the comings and goings of fashion and its changing emotional landscapes can mean being left behind, while in her poem "Amenorrhea," Julia Alvarez experiences the end of a line as menstruation ceases. Yet sometimes an end is merely a beginning, as Barry Lopez meditates while walking through the snowy Oregonian landscapes. While Chinelo Okparanta's story "Fatu" confronts the end of a relationship under the specter of new life, other writers look towards aging as an opportunity for rebirth, such as Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, who takes on the role of being her own elder, comforting herself in the ways that her grandmother used to. Finally, in his comic story "Everyone at Dinner Has a Max von Sydow Story," Dave Eggers suggests that sometimes stories don't have neat or clean endings--that sometimes the middle is enough.

With new writing from Sandra Cisneros, Colum McCann, Omar El Akkad, and Mieko Kawakami, Freeman's: Conclusions is a testament to the startling power of literature to conclude in a state of beauty, fear, and promise.

John Freeman is the founder of Freeman's. The author and editor of a dozen books, his recent work includes the poetry collection, Wind, Trees, the essay, Dictionary of the Undoing, and the anthology, There's a Revolution Outside, My Love, co-edited with Tracy K. Smith. He lives in New York and is an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf.




Hannah Lillith Assadi, a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, is the author of Sonora, which received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a finalist for the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Her second novel The Stars Are Not Yet Bells was a New Yorker and NPR best book of 2022. She teaches fiction at the Columbia University School of the Arts and the Pratt Institute.
Kelsey Day is an Appalachian poet writing about the intersections of land, queerness, and technology. Their work can be found in the Appalachian Review, Washington Square Review, Reckoning, and more, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Penrose Poetry Prize, and Best of the Net.



Colum McCann is the National Book Award-winning author of twelve books, including Let the Great World Spin and Apeirogon. His work has been published in over 40 languages. He is the co-founder of the global non-profit arts organization Narrative 4. His forthcoming book, American Mother, will be published in March 2024.





Chinelo Okparanta is the author of Happiness, Like Water, Under the Udala Trees, and most recently, Harry Sylvester Bird. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize and finalist selections for the International DUBLIN Literary Award, the NAACP Image Award in Fiction, and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, among others. In 2017, Okparanta was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists, and in 2018 she served as a fiction judge for the U.S. National Book Awards.


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