Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January 19th Readings: Jeffrey Condran, Kate Wyer, James Magruder, and Rosalia Scalia

Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated. His debut novel, Prague Summer, was published by Counterpoint in August 2014. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Epoch, and has been awarded the 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.

Kate Wyer is the author of the novel Black Krim (Cobalt Press). Her work can be found in The Collagist, Unsaid, PANK, elimae, wigleaf, and other journals. Wyer is the recipient of the Joan Scott Memorial Fiction and Elizabeth Woodward Reese awards. She received a fellowship from FENCE to study in Lithuania with the Summer Literary Seminars. In addition to writing, she is the manager of a non-profit in the public mental health system. www.katewyer.wordpress.com

James Magruder's stories have appeared in New England Review, The Normal School, The Gettysburg Review, Bloom, Subtropics, and the anthologies Boy Crazy and New Stories from the Midwest, among others. His debut novel, Sugarless (University of Wisconsin Press), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelists Award and the 2010 William Saroyan International Writing Prize. His first story collection, Let Me See It, published in June 2014 from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press.

Rosalia Scalia's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amarillo Bay; The Baltimore Review; Blue Lake Review; Crack The Spine; The Oklahoma Review; North Atlantic Review; and Willow Review, among others. The first chapter of her novel-in-progress, Delia's Concerto, was one of seven finalists in a competition held by the National League of American Pen Women and a more recent version was published as a story titled “Soul Music,” in Crack The Spine #109. Her story, “Henry’s Fall,” was a finalist in the Gival Press Short Story competition, and her story “Uncharted Steps” merited a 2010 Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Art Council. “Sister Rafaele Heals the Sick,” first published by Pebble Lake Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, appeared again in an anthology titled City Sages: Baltimore (CityLit Press, May 1, 2010). Her story, “You’ll Do Fine,” was a recipient of the Willow Review Award for the Spring 2011 issue and a previous version of her story collection, Sister Rafaele Heals the Sick & Other Stories, was shortlisted in the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Fiction Awards. Scalia, who earned a masters in writing from Johns Hopkins University, lives in Baltimore.