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Story/Teller: Kia Corthron on Moon and the Mars with Denne Michele Norris

September 8, 2021 at The Center for Fiction

Kia Corthron, the winner of The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, celebrated the launch of her highly-anticipated second novel, Moon and the Mars. Actor Niall Powderly performed a dramatic reading of excerpts from the novel followed by a conversation between Corthron and editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, Denne Michele Norris. Moon and the Mars explores New York City and America in the burgeoning moments before the Civil War through the lens of young, biracial protagonist, Theo, an orphan who lives between the homes of her Black and Irish grandmothers.

Co-presented with the Consulate General of Ireland, New York.


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    Kia Corthron

    Kia Corthron

    Kia Corthron’s debut novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, was the winner of The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in 2016 and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. She was the 2017 Bread Loaf Shane Stevens Fellow in the Novel. She is also a nationally and internationally produced playwright. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Horton Foote Prize, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Flora Roberts Award, and others. She was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City. Moon and the Mars is her second novel.

    Photo Credit: Sophie Kandaouroff

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    Denne Michele Norris

    Denne Michele Norris

    Denne Michele Norris is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature. A Black trans writer living in NYC, her writing has been supported by MacDowell, Tin House, VCCA, the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and appears in McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, and ZORA. She co-hosts the critically acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot, and is hard at work on her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter and IG @thedennemichele.

    Photo Credit: Hilary Leichter

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    Niall Powderly

    Niall Powderly

    Niall Powderly is an artist and actor based out of Brooklyn. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Niall grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked off Broadway and regionally, and is constantly looking for new exciting projects! Thanks to Kia for looping him in on a great evening! He holds a BFA from New York University and a MFA from Yale.

    Photo Credit: Jordan Matter