Thursday, October 11, 8 p.m.
Pablo Cartaya is an Award-winning author, speaker, actor, and educator. He is the author of the acclaimed middle grade novel The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and the forthcoming Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. His next two novels will debut on the new Kokila Penguin/Random House Imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults. Pablo has acted on stage and television (notably co-starring on NBC’s "Will & Grace") and frequently gives talks around the country on writing, reading, and multilingualism. Awards and Honors include: American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honor, American Booksellers Association E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist, Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade Audiobook of the Year (for narration and title), Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start, and the 2018 Thurber House Writer-in-Residence.
Bob Kunzinger is the author of eight volumes of essays, most of which surround his travels. His work has been published in a variety of publications including the Washington Post, World War Two History, St Anthony Messenger, Kestrel, Southern Humanities Review, Matador Review, and many more. Several of his essays have been noted by Best American Essays and he is currently at work on a book of essays about crossing Siberia with his son. He is a professor of arts and humanities in Virginia and lives along the Chesapeake Bay.
Gerry LaFemina’s latest book is the poetry collection The Story of Ash (Anhinga Press.) He is also the author of a novel, a collection of short stories, and numerous award-winning collections of poetry, including The Parakeets of Brooklyn, Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist (prose poems), Vanishing Horizon, and Little Heretic. His collection of essays on poets and prosody, Palpable Magic, came out in 2015 from Stephen F Austin University Press and his textbook, Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically is out this year from Kendall Hunt. He teaches at Frostburg State University and serves as a Poetry Mentor in the MFA Program at Carlow University.
Friday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.
Jessica Anthony is the author of The Convalescent (McSweeney’s/Grove), an ALA Adult Notable Book and Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and Chopsticks (Penguin/Razorbill), a multimedia novel created in collaboration with designer Rodrigo Corral. Chopsticks, called a “21st Century Novel” by the Los Angeles Times, was an Amazon Book of the Month and won App of the Year. Anthony’s short stories can be found in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, The Idaho Review, and elsewhere. She has recently received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation for Innovative Literature, the Bogliasco Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission, and teaches for the University of Tampa's Low-Residency MFA program.
Frank X. Gaspar was born and raised in the old Portuguese West End of Provincetown, Massachusetts. A graduate of the MFA program in writing at the University of California, Irvine, he is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels. Among his many awards are the Morse, Anhinga, and Brittingham Prizes for poetry, multiple inclusions in Best American Poetry, four Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and a California Arts Council Fellowship in poetry. He was also a John Atherton Fellow at Bread Loaf, and a Walter Dakin Fellow at Sewanee. His debut novel, Leaving Pico was a Barnes and Noble Discovery Prize winner, a recipient of the California Book Award for First Fiction and a New York Times Notable Book (paperback edition). His second novel Stealing Fatima was a MassBook of the Year in Fiction (Massachusetts Foundation for the Book).
A number of Frank’s books treat Luso-American themes or settings, particularly the Portuguese community in Provincetown, with an insider’s view of the rich ethnic base of this famously diverse Cape Cod town. His paternal grandparents immigrated from the Island of San Miguel, and his maternal grandparents from the Island of Pico, both in the Azorean Archipelago. His ancestors were traditionally whalers and Grand-Banks fishermen, sailing out of the Islands and then Provincetown. Frank, himself, went to sea with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. His poetry and fiction have received numerous awards and honors, and serious critical attention both in Portugal and in the United States.