TIMOTHY GAGER’s Dire Literary series — now in it’s 16th year — is pleased to host local writers, ELIZABETH SEARLE, VI KHI NAO, and ADAM SCHEFFLER for a reading from their latest works. As always, the 7PM reading will be followed by an open mic. There are four open mic slots, with the sign up sheet starting at 6PM.
About the authors:
ELIZABETH SEARLE is the author of five books of fiction, with a new novel WE GOT HIM, and the librettist of TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA, which has drawn major media coverage and which was produced in Chicago in 2016 and at New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC. Her previous books are: her most recent novel GIRL HELD IN HOME, as well as CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE, a novella that the New York Times Book Review called ‘a miniature masterpiece’; A FOUR-SIDED BED, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award and released in 2011 in a new paperback and eBook edition, and MY BODY TO YOU, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE was produced as a short film in 2010, with script by Elizabeth. A FOUR-SIDED BED is now in development as a feature film. Elizabeth’s theater works have been featured in stories on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, CBS, CNN, NPR, the AP and more. Her TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA was a sold-out full production show at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). The rock opera has been reviewed as ‘brilliant and touching’ and has generated worldwide media attention.
VI KHI NAO is the author of Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016) and The Old Philosopher (Nightboat Books, 2016). She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
ADAM SCHEFFLER is a poet and graduate student. He grew up in California, received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently finishing his PhD in English at Harvard. His first book of poems – A Dog’s Life – was selected by Denise Duhamel as the winner of the Jacar Press Full-Length Poetry Book Contest. His dissertation is about what other people or characters are like in lyric poems, and focuses on the poetry of James Wright, Thom Gunn, Adrienne Rich, and Frank O’Hara.
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