Deb Olin Unferth and Ben Marcus
Tuesday March 22, 2011
Deb Olin Unferth (Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War; Vacation) and Ben Marcus (Notable American Women), two of the edgiest fiction authors writing today, talked about their work and read selections. This event was presented in partnership with Creative Capital.
Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time, Conjunctions, Nerve, Black Clock, Grand Street, Cabinet, Parkett, The Village Voice, Poetry, and BOMB. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and for several years he was the fiction editor of Fence. He has recently served as the guest fiction editor for Guernica Magazine. He is a 2009 recipient of a grant for Innovative Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation. In 2008 he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has also received a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and a fiction fellowship from the Howard Foundation of Brown University, where he taught for several years before joining the faculty at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His new novel, The Flame Alphabet, will be published next year by Knopf.
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, the story collection Minor Robberies, and the novel Vacation. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, NOON, and the Boston Review. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, the Cabell First Novelist Award, and a Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature. She teaches at Wesleyan University.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.