Lee Conell, Debbie Urbanski & Jerome Charyn
March 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT
Watch this event online at https://aqreview.org/aqr-benefit-reading-series/.
Lee Conell is the author of The Party Upstairs, a novel (Penguin Press). She is also the author of the story collection Subcortical, which was awarded The Story Prize Spotlight Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and an American Fiction Award. She received a 2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as writing fellowships from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and the Yiddish Book Center. Her fiction appears in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Kenyon Review online, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere; her stories have won the Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune, and have been shortlisted in Best American Short Stories (for her story that first appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review) and the Pushcart Prize anthology.
Debbie Urbanski writes speculative prose or “fantastical realism” intertwining the supernatural with everyday reality to bring about worlds on the page that evoke both strangeness and otherness as well as the thoroughly recognizable, commonplace, and uncomfortable aspects of domesticity, marriage, motherhood, and community. Her stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Sun, The Kenyon Review, The New England Review, The Southern Review, and Nature.
Urbanski’s stories have also been selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and The Best American Experimental Writing, and named notable stories/essays of the year for The Best American Mysteries, The Best American Essays, and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy anthologies. She is a recipient of a 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for her “stories that draw on larger, societal concerns, like the hastening destruction of our environment, the recent national wave of xenophobia, or the newly shifting senses of identity and sexuality.”
Jerome Charyn is an American author with a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life, writing in multiple genres. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.” New York Newsday hailed him as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.” Charyn’s first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, was published in 1964. With Blue Eyes (1975), the debut of detective character Isaac Sidel, he attracted wide attention and acclaim.
Charyn has published 40 novels, three memoirs, nine graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays, and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. His latest novel, Sergeant Salinger, was release in January 2021 (Bellevue Literary Press).
Charyn was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Fiction and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named Commander of Arts and Letter (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Minister of Culture. He was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until 2009, when he retired from teaching.
In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France.