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Thursday, October 17 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Literary Citizenship and the East Bay

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Should creative writing—our stories, memoirs, and poems—intersect with political ideology? If so, then when and how? Left Margin LIT presents an evening with members of its writing community. Melanie Abrams, Sunisa Manning, Keenan Norris, Jacques Rancourt, and Mark Shapiro read and discuss how the current political climate influences their writing, from first to final draft. FREE

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Melanie Abrams

Melanie Abrams is the author of the novel Playing, which was published by Grove Atlantic and acquired in Italy, France, Germany, India, and Israel. Meadowlark, forthcoming from Little A in 2020, is her second novel. Melanie teaches writing classes at Left Margin LIT and in UC Berkeley’s... Read More →
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Sunisa Manning

Sunisa Manning is a Thai and American writer whose work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Mekong Review, and other places. She’s been honored with residencies at Hedgebrook and Hambidge, and been awarded fellowships at San Jose State and the SF Writer’s Grotto. She’s... Read More →
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Keenan Norris

Keenan Norris’s first novel, Brother and the Dancer, was published by Heyday Books and won the 2012 James D. Houston Award. by the lemon tree, his short story collection, was published in September by Nomadic Press, and his next book, Luster (Goliad Press 2019), will be published... Read More →
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Jacques Rancourt

Poet Jacques Rancourt is the author of Brocken Spectre (forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2021), Novena (winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize, Pleiades Press, 2017), and a chapbook, In the Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal, 2018). His poems have appeared in the Georgia... Read More →
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Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro is an award-winning investigative journalist specializing in the environment. His most recent book, Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply, chronicles the search for seeds to respond to climate disruptions, and investigates the battle to control them... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Left Margin LIT 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B Berkeley, CA 94709

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