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Claire Jimenez, Ángel García, Ilana Masad

Date: Time: 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Andrews Hall Room: Bailey Library
Additional Info: ANDR
Contact: Timothy Schaffert, tschaffert2@unl.edu
Join us for a celebration of the release of Claire Jimenez’s new collection of stories, STATEN ISLAND STORIES. With STATEN ISLAND STORIES, Claire shines a spotlight on the imagined lives of the islanders. Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s THE CANTERBURY TALES, this collection of loosely linked tragicomic short stories travels across time to explore defining moments in the island’s history, from the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash and the New York City blackout to the growing opioid and heroin crisis, Eric Garner’s murder, and the 2016 presidential election.

Claire, a student in UNL’s PhD program, received her BA in English from Colby College and her MFA in creative writing from Vanderbilt University. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in BOAAT, New Madrid, Afro-Hispanic Review, Pank, el roommate, The Toast, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.

Reading with her are two other writers in the English PhD program: Ángel García and Ilana Masad. Ángel is the author of TEETH NEVER SLEEP, winner of a 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize and a 2019 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and finalist for the 2019 PEN American Open Book Award. Ángel earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Redlands and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside. His work has been published in the American Poetry Review, Miramar, McSweeney’s, Huizache, and The Good Men Project, among others.

Ilana Masad is a queer Israeli-American writer of fiction, nonfiction, and criticism. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, NPR, StoryQuartlerly, Tin House’s Open Bar, 7x7, Catapult, Buzzfeed, and many more. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories, an interview podcast featuring fiction writers. Her debut novel, ALL MY MOTHER’S LOVERS, comes out May 2020, and has appeared on several “most anticipated” lists, including those of O Magazine, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed.

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