Writers in Conversation: On Craft, with Melissa Febos
Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Day of the Week: Thursday
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
• Regular: $15.00
• Member: $10.00
The Loft presents Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart (St. Martin's Press 2010) and Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), as she reads new work and discusses matters of writing process and craft. Melissa will read from her just published book Abandon Me, and elaborate on matters of skill, inspiration, imagination, and immersion into the writer’s life in a lively discussion with Loft students and staff. Come grab a glass of wine or coffee at Open Book and be a part of the conversation!
Be sure to also sign up for Melissa's day-long workshop on crafting short essays on Friday, March 10.
Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including The Kenyon Review, Granta, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, Hunger Mountain, Dissent, Guernica, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Bitch Magazine, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper Live, and elsewhere.
Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The MacDowell Colony. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn.