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Story/Teller with De'Shawn Charles Winslow, Eisa Davis, and André Holland



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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT February 5, 2020

The Center for Fiction

Actors Eisa Davis and André Holland will perform a dramatic reading of In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow, winner of the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A discussion of Winslow’s unforgettable characters and dynamic storytelling will follow.

This event is part of our Story/Teller series, which pairs authors and performers together to illustrate the joy of stories coming alive when read aloud.



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    De'Shawn Charles Winslow

    De'Shawn Charles Winslow

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and in 2003 moved to Brooklyn, New York. He is a 2017 graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and holds a BFA in creative writing and an MA in English literature from Brooklyn College. He has received scholarships from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. De’Shawn lives in East Harlem.

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    Eisa Davis

    Eisa Davis

    Eisa Davis is a performer, composer, and writer working on stage and screen. A 2020 Creative Capital awardee, Herb Alpert Award recipient, Cave Canem fellow, and Obie winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance, Eisa was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in the stage memoir Angela’s Mixtape. She was in residence at Sundance Theater Lab/Mass MoCA with her experimental music piece The Essentialisn’t. Alongside her twelve full length plays and current commissions, she has written for both seasons of the Spike Lee Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, penned the narration for Cirque du Soleil’s ice show Crystal, and has released two albums of music. Performance work includes The Looming Tower, Succession, House of Cards, The WireBluff City LawAfter The Wedding, Betty (HBO, upcoming), Carrie Mae Weems’ Grace Notes/Past Tense, the musical adaptation of The Secret Life of BeesKings, Julius Caesar, Preludes, Luck of the Irish, The Call, This, and Passing Strange.

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    André Holland

    André Holland

    André Holland is stage and screen actor, producer, and director, best known for his work in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight, Netflix’s High Flying Bird, Cinemax’s The Knick, and FX’s American Horror Story, among many others. His most recent theatre credits include Jitney by August Wilson on Broadway and Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe.