The lineup will feature Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, an award-winning fiction writer, memoirist, playwright, and poet. His debut fiction, Brief Encounters With The Enemy (The Dial Press, 2013), is a collection of short stories that will be in bookstores on August 13. In one of the stories, a young American soldier named Luke heads off to an unnamed war for adventure, but he is stationed far away from the action and forced to confront a tedious military life.
Sayrafiezadeh, of Brooklyn, was also the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award for his 2009 memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free (The Dial Press, 2009).
Hugh Sheehy, of Brooklyn, will also appear at the reading series. His short stories collection, The Invisibles (University of Georgia Press, 2012), shows individuals in their darkest moments from murder to drugs and loneliness. The book won the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction.
Other readers include Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies (Curbside Splendor, 2012); Gabriel Blackwell, author of Critique of Pure Reason (Noemi Press, 2013); and Kashana Cauley, grand prize winner of the Aspen Writers' Foundation and Esquire's 2012 short, short fiction contest. Cauley's work has appeared in several literary journals, including the Midwestern Gothic and Juked.
Event Details: Franklin Park Fourth Annual Fiction Night, 8-10 PM, January 14, 618 St. John's Place, Brooklyn
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