So You Want to be a Writer Round Table Presented by Grub Street

Join Porter Square Books and Grub Street for a round table discussion featuring Ethan Gilsdorf, Michelle Hoover, and Jill McDonough, and moderated by Chris Castellani, about the myths and realities of publishing one’s first book.

Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, poet, critic, editor, and teacher whose writings have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, USA Today, Psychology Today, and National Geographic Traveler. He has appeared at conventions and on talk radio as a fantasy and escapism expert.

Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street and has published fiction in Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best American New Voices, among others. She has been a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholar, the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the 2005 winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction.

Jill McDonough has taught incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program since 1999. Her poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, and Slate. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Chris Castellani holds an MA in creative writing from Boston University, a BA in English from Swarthmore College, and is ABD in English Literature at Tufts. His first novel, A Kiss from Maddalena, won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award, was a Top Ten BookSense pick, and has been published in five countries. His second novel, The Saint of Lost Things was long-listed for the IMPAC/Dublin award. Twice a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Chris has taught fiction writing at Swarthmore College, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and is on the faculty of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson. From 2002-2005, he was head instructor at Grub Street.

Event date: 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St
02140-1413 Cambridge
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