Past Event

CANCELLED - Writing Kink: A Reading and Conversation on Queering Craft | Spring 2021

April 7, 2021
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Our Word and Columbia Artist / Teachers (CA/T) present "Writing Kink: A Reading and Conversation on Queering Craft," featuring Kim FuCara HoffmanZeyn Joukhadar, and R. O. Kwon.

We look forward to you joining us Wednesday, April 7th at 12:30 pm. The event is produced in collaboration with CA/T’s Mark R. Robin Speaker Series.

Kim Fu is the author of two novels and a collection of poetry. Her first story collection, Lesser Known Monsters of the 21th Century, will be published in 2022 by Tin House Books. Her novel For Today I Am a Boy won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her second novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the OLA Evergreen Award. Fu’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Hazlitt, and TLS. She lives in Seattle.

Cara Hoffman is the author of three NYT Editors' Choice novels--the most recent, Running was an Esquire Magazine Best Book of the year, and an Autostraddle Best Queer and Feminist Book of the year. She first received national attention in 2011 with the publication of the feminist classic So Much Pretty which sparked a national dialogue on violence and retribution and was named Best Suspense Novel of the year by the New York Times Book Review. Her second novel, Be Safe I Love You, was nominated for a Folio Prize, named one of the Five Best Modern War Novels by the Telegraph UK, won a Sundance Institute Global Film Making Award, and is currently in development. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Bookforum, Rolling Stone, Salon, The Daily Beast and on NPR. A MacDowell Fellow and an Edward Albee Fellow, she has been a visiting writer at Columbia, St. John’s and Oxford University. Her short story collection RUIN will be published spring 2022.

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of the novels The Map of Salt and Stars and The Thirty Names of Night. The Thirty Names of Night won the 2021 Stonewall Book Award and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Awards finalist; The Map of Salt and Stars, currently being translated into twenty languages, was a 2018 Middle East Book Award winner and a 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist. Joukhadar's work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review, Shondaland, [PANK], and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. He is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), a mentor with the Periplus Collective, and the guest editor of the 2020 Queer + Trans Voices issue of Mizna.

R.O. Kwon’s nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries, is published by Riverhead, and it is being translated into seven languages. Named a best book of the year by over forty publications, The Incendiaries was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book and Los Angeles Times First Book Prize. Kwon’s writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Paris ReviewNPR, and elsewhere. She is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

About Our Word

Our Word is a student organization whose mission is to enrich the Columbia University School of the Arts, and the literary community in general, with outreach, advocacy, and inclusion of new and old literary voices. 

For information, visit us online and follow us on social media.
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About CA/T

Columbia Artist/Teachers (CA/T) is a faculty of Writing Program MFA candidates. CA/T provides MFA teachers with training and teaching opportunities on and off campus, with students of all ages and levels.  For information, visit us online.