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Pierogies from Heaven: CLMP’s 50th Anniversary Gala
November 8 Wednesday 2017 | 7 – 10 PM
The Golden Colophon Award for Paradigm Independent Literary Publishing
[ HONOREE ] Wave Books is an independent poetry press based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2005, Wave is dedicated to publishing exceptional contemporary poetry, poetry in translation, and writing by poets. By publishing strong, innovative work in finely crafted editions, the press aims to continue to challenge the values and practices of readers and add to the collective sense of what’s possible in contemporary poetry. Tyehimba Jess’s Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, exemplifies the press’s fine list. Wave’s leadership team includes Charlie Wright, Publisher; Joshua Beckman, Editor in Chief; Heidi Broadhead, Senior Editor; and Matthew Zapruder, Editor at Large.
[ PRESENTER ] Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poems published by Wave Books: leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series; and Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry. Olio also received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for the 2016 National Books Critics Circle Award, 2017 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. A Cave Canem fellow, Tyehimba’s honors include a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island and the Poetry and Fiction Editor of the African American Review.
Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship
[ HONOREE ] Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, an eighteen-year-old bi-coastal literary magazine. Tin House received CLMP’s 2015 Firecracker Award for General Excellence and has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and numerous other anthologies. The 2015 recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing and the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA, Rob also is the Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Summer Workshop, now in its fourteenth year. He served as Chair of the 2017 PEN World Voices Curatorial Committee, is an Advisor of Narrative 4, and serves on the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Literary Council. Rob’s writing has appeared in BookForum, Boston Review, Guernica, Nerve, The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Time, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. The editor of Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing (2009), he is a lecturer at Columbia University and has guest taught at universities around the world, including Queensland University in Brisbane; the Farafina Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria; the SLS Workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nairobi, Kenya; and the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was published by Grove Press in 2016.
[ PRESENTER ] Lisa Lucas is Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Previously, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a nonprofit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Prior to that, she served as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute; on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking. Lisa also serves on the Literary Council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Special welcome from Honorary Co-Chairs
Russell Banks is the author of a dozen novels and short story collections that have earned him the American Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Dos Passos Award, the Ingram Merrill Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2011 Common Wealth Award for Literature. His works of fiction include Cloudsplitter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Rule of the Bone; Continental Drift; Searching for Survivors; A Permanent Member of the Family; and Lost Memory of Skin. His novels Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter were adapted into critically acclaimed feature films. A co-founder of the publishing house Lillabulero and founder and President of Cities of Refuge North America, he was New York State Author, 2004–2008; and in 2011, was awarded the the rank of Officier des Arts et Lettres from the French Minister of Culture.
Chase Twichell’s seven books of poems include Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems, recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and Dog Language, both published by Copper Canyon Press. Her work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The founder of Ausable Press in 1999, Chase has taught at Princeton University, Goddard College, Warren Wilson College, the University of Alabama, and Hampshire College.
50th Anniversary All-Star Knock-Down Spelling Round
[ JUDGE ] Jesse Sheidlower
Jesse Sheidlower the author of The F-Word, is currently the Past President of the American Dialect Society. He has been profiled on the front page of The New York Times and 60 Minutes. Sheidlower has been an editor at the Oxford English Dictionary and for the Random House Reference Department.
[ MC ] Ben Greenman
Ben Greenman is the author of the story collections What He’s Poised to Do, Superbad, and A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both, and the novels Superworse, Please Step Back, and Slippage. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others.
Jonathan Burnham is the Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Harper Division at HarperCollins. He is on the board of Senior Conservators at the New York Public Library and is a faculty member at New York University.
Tracie Morris is the author of the poetry collection handholding: 5 kinds. She is Co-Editor of Best American Experimental Writing 2016 and holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is a former fellow of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and a Cave Canem Fellow.
Mary Norris began working at the New Yorker in 1978 and was a query proofreader at the magazine for twenty-four years. She has written on topics ranging from her cousin Dennis Kucinich to mud wrestling in Rockaway. She is best known for her pieces on pencils and punctuation, including her book Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.
Meg Wolitzer is the bestselling author of The Interestings and The Ten-Year Nap. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She is a faculty member of the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton and a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program.
[ JUDGE ] Jesse Sheidlower | [ MC ] Ben Greenman
Jonathan Burnham | Tracie Morris
Mary Norris | Meg Wolitzer | and others
Chase Twichell & Russell Banks
Jessica Francis Kane
Ingram Content Group
J P Fletcher Foundation
Jane Rotrosen Agency
Jeanmarie E. Kricher
Four Way Books
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Marsh Hawk Press
The NYU Creative Writing Program
Fredric Price/Fig Tree Books, LLC