Hugo Literary Series: Leslie Jamison, Roger Reeves, Alexis M. Smith, and Yves

Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 7:30pm

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Cliché: Beggars can't be choosers Meaning: If you're already outta luck, you better be happy with whatever you're given. This evening's new work will address the cliché “Beggars Can’t Be Choosers” and features novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison; poet Roger Reeves; and Portland-based novelist Alexis Smith. Music will be provided by Yves.
Leslie Jamison is the author of the novel The Gin Closet and a collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, which won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and garnered praise in a number of publications, including the New York Times and a place on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List.” Her work has appeared or will appear in places like Harper's, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Believer. She’s a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives. She lives in Brooklyn.
Roger Reeves is the author of King Me, a book of poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and Tin House, among others. He has been awarded an NEA Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships.
Alexis M. Smith was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her debut novel, Glaciers (Tin House), has been translated into Spanish and Italian. It was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and a World Book Night 2013 selection. Alexis attended Mount Holyoke College and Portland State University, and she holds an MFA from Goddard College. Her interests include trail-running, beach-combing, bird-watching, and jammaking. In 2015 she received a grant from Regional Arts & Culture Council and a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. She lives with her son in Portland, Oregon.

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