With Special Guest: Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body
May 30, 2019
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7:30pm.
Alexandria (Alex) Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, recipient of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, the 2018 Chautauqua Prize, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, The Guardian, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, and a finalist for a New England Book Award, a Goodreads Choice Award, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices de ELLE, and has been translated into eight languages.
The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, and Yaddo, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has essays published or forthcoming in The New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, and Harpers. They now live in Portland, Maine and are an Assistant Professor of English at Bowdoin College. Find them on Twitter @alexmlwrites.
Catherine Guthrie, author of FLAT: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer, is an award-winning women’s health journalist. For the past twenty years, her reporting, essays, and criticism have appeared in dozens of national magazines including Time; O, The Oprah Magazine; Slate; Cosmopolitan; Prevention; and Yoga Journal. She has faced breast cancer twice. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, was selected as a Top 10 Debut by the American Booksellers Association, and named a Best Fiction title of 2018 by Amazon, O Magazine, and the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern Review, the Missouri Review, and Harvard Review, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. In her previous lives, Mira has also been known as a graphic designer, a pop-country drummer, a salsa dancing fanatic, and a biology graduate student. She lives in Cambridge, MA.
Frances Donington-Ayad is a writer from New Jersey currently living in Boston. She recently graduated from Emerson College and is in the process of transitioning to a career in Publishing. Frances writes mostly personal essays, some of her work has appeared in Laurel Moon Magazine, The Dark River Review and East Coast Ink Magazine. In her free time Frances is working in a collection of essays and playing with her two kittens.
Meg Senuta is a writer and graduate of Grub Street’s first Memoir Incubator class in which she completed a draft of How to View an Eclipse, a memoir of myth, medicine, metaphor, mountains, and a marriage. And cancer. Eclipse explores how she survived when diagnosis and treatment were too much too fast; and how she lives after treatment is over, but cancer isn’t. The founder of a rural art center, and a former fundraiser and weaver, Meg advocates for medical research into treatment for Inflammatory Breast Cancer, a rare and aggressive disease whose symptoms do not include a lump, and are not detectable by mammogram or ultrasound. (“While I have you here,” she says, “If you experience any swelling or pinkness, get checked out right away.”) She is a patient/participant in empathy training of medical students. Her writing has appeared in 55 words and flashquake. “The Natural Resonant Frequency of Glass,” an excerpt from her memoir, appeared in River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things.” She votes.