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Autumn 2015 Events

September 8th, 2015


WORD Bookstore + Volume 1 Brooklyn Clarice Lispector launch (Brooklyn NY August 27, 2015)

In celebration of the release of Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories, the collection’s editor and Lispector biographer Benjamin Moser discusses the author’s work with novelist Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion), presented by Vol. 1 Brooklyn.



Slice Literary Writers Conference (Brooklyn, NY September 12, 2015):

11:30am – 12:45pm

Location: St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St., Maroney Theater, 7th Floor


“Don’t Be Creepy” panel

Publishing is not unlike the scary—and often painfully awkward—world of dating. Writers need to find the right match, whether it is an agent, an editor, or a publisher. And it isn’t easy to stand out in such a competitive field. So how do you get noticed by an agent who is battling a cluttered inbox? Or catch the eye of an editor who has tens of thousands of Twitter followers? And what about securing blurbs from authors? Be bold. Be unconventional. But, as the publishing pros on this panel will explain, you need to follow one important rule: don’t be creepy!

Panelists: Michelle Brower, Agent, Folio Literary Management; Rachel Fershleiser, Head of Publishing Outreach, Tumblr; Kristyn Keene, Agent, ICM; Porochista Khakpour, Author, The Last Illusion

Moderator: Miriam Parker, Deputy Marketing Director, Little, Brown

Plus: Literary Jeopardy (Slice fundraiser)



WORD Bookstore launch for Nikesh Shukla (Brooklyn NY September 15, 2015)

Nikesh Shukla presents his new novel, Meatspace, a “portrait of a bookish life lived in the brave new digital world.” The Last Illusion author Porochista Khakpour joins for a conversation.



Brooklyn Book Festival (Brooklyn NY Sunday September 20 2015)

“Twisted Fables” panel, St Francis McCardle, 11am

Fiction has come a long way from Aesop, but the influence of fables in literature remains. Three contemporary fabulists–Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts), Amelia Gray (Gutshot), and Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion)–discuss the state of the modern fable, the place of the trickster and the anthropomorphized animal in contemporary writing, and whether modern fables and fairy tales have morals and lessons to convey today. Moderated by Rahawa Haile.


Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (Portland Maine September 23 2015)

Oxford Debate: MFA vs NYC

“With the 2014 publication of the anthology MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, the literary conversation continued about which is the better option for writers: earn an MFA in creative writing or move to NYC, the country’s publishing capital. Not being as widely discussed is the third alternative: Ron Currie, Jr. Maine native Ron Currie, Jr. has a high school degree and had just quit working as a short order cook in Waterville when his first book was published by Penguin in 2007—that publication earned him the prestigious Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library.Arguing in favor of the MFA will be Iowa Writers Workshop alum Justin Tussing. Making a case for NYC will be Porochista Khakpour. Stating a case for neither the MFA nor moving to NYC is Ron Currie, Jr.”



Eileen Myles Poetry Project launch of I Must Be Living Twice & Chelsea Girls (New York NY Oct 7, 2015)

With Sam Ace, Jen Benka, Charles Bernstein, Stephen Boyer, Alex Chee, r. erica doyle, Megan Fernandez, Adam Fitzgerald, Mira Gonzalez, Emily Gould, Patricia Spears Jones, erica kaufman, Porochista Khapour, Ben Lerner, Elinor Nauen, Trace Peterson, Ariana Reines, Jill Soloway, Stacy Szymaszek, Anne Waldman, Joe Westmoreland, and Simone White.



Lincoln Michel Powerhouse launch of Upright Beasts (Brooklyn NY October 9, 2015)

In conversation with Porochista Khakpour.

Book Launch: Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel in conversation with Porochista Khakpour, co-hosted by Electric Literature and Coffee House Press


“Reimagining the Shahnameh in Persian Literature” (Hester Hall Room 145, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma October 21 2015)

Lecture and discussion with by Iranian American novelist Porochista Khakpour



Ubud Writers Festival in Bali (October 28-November 1)



John McManus Housing Works launch of Fox Tooth Heart (New York NY Nov 12, 2015)

In conversation with Porochista Khakpour.




A Kind of Compass anthology reading (New York NY Dec 1 2015)



Conjunctions “Sleight of Hand” Deception Issue Release at Book Culture (New York NY Dec 3 2015)

with readings by Porochista Khakpour, Laura van den Berg, and Gwyneth Mernerintroduced by editor Bradford Morrow.