Join us for a special reading from alumni of Sarah Lawrence College, featuring Erica Cardwell, Jaclyn Gilbert, Matthea Harvey, Dennis Norris II, and David Ryan.
Erica Cardwell received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016 and is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Lambda Literary and Vermont Studio Center. Cardwell teaches English and Literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Writing has appeared or is forthcoming for Hyperallergic, The Feminist Wire, Bitch Media, Rewire, The Lightwork Annual, The Believer, Triangle House Review, and Green Mountain Review. Cardwell joined the board of Radical Teacher Journal in 2017.
Jaclyn Gilbert received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and BA from Yale University. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the New York Public Library, a contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has led writing workshops at the Valhalla Correctional Facility, the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and Curious-on-Hudson in Dobbs Ferry. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and Weimaraner, Phin.
Matthea Harvey received her BA from Harvard College and her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Harvey's books include Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000); Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004); Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, a New York Times Notable Book of 2008, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and a children’s book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel (Soft Skull Press, 2007). She is a contributing editor for jubilat and BOMB, and has taught at Warren Wilson, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Houston.
Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. They are the author of Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II published by Awst Press, and their story "Where Every Boy is Known and Loved" was recently named as Finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology, forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books. Their story "Last Rites" is included in the forthcoming anthology "Everyday People: The Color of Life", to be published in August 2018 by the Atria Books imprint of Simon and Schuster. They hold degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Haverford College and currently serve as Fiction Editor at Apogee Journal, Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, and co-host of the popular podcast Food 4 Thot. They live in Harlem and are working on a novel.
David Ryan's fiction is forthcoming, or has appeared, in Conjunctions Online, Bellevue Literary Review, Esquire, BOMB, Tin House, Fence, Electric Literature, No Tokens Journal, New World Writing, Juked, The Encyclopedia Project, Hayden's Ferry Review, Booth, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Orleans Review, Cimarron Review, the Mississippi Review, and elsewhere, and anthologized in WW Norton's Flash Fiction Forward, The Mississippi Review: 30, and Akashic Book's Boston Noir 2: The Classics. Essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Paris Review, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, Tin House, BookForum, and elsewhere. A recipient of the Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer in Residence, a Connecticut state arts grant and a Macdowell fellowship, he currently teaches in the writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and in the low residency program at New England College.