Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 25th Readings: Robert Lopez, Sam Ligon, Gregg Wilhelm, and Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez’s debut story collection, The Universal Physics of Escape, won the 2015 Press 53 Short Fiction Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the Midwest, SolLit Selects, Greensboro Review, Post Road, and many other publications. In 2011, she received the Howard Frank Mosher Prize from Hunger Mountain for “The Speed of Sound,” and in 2012 she received the Tusculum Review Prize for “Shakedown.” She works as a freelance writer and editor in Lancaster, PA, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at ecgonzalez.net.

In 2004, Gregg Wilhelm founded the nonprofit CityLit Project and acts as publisher of its CityLit Press imprint. A 2014 graduate of the University of Tampa’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, Gregg has since studied at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and DISQUIET: International Literary Program in Lisbon, and was part of the first U.S. Publishers Delegation to Cuba organized by Publishers Weekly. Gregg regularly teaches literature, fiction, and publishing courses in the Odyssey Program at the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the Director of Marketing and Enrollment Development for MICA Open Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives in Highlandtown with his wife, Marik Moen, an assistant professor and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland Baltimore’s School of Nursing, and their two daughters. Visit him at www.GreggWilhelm.com

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead— and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and is artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches fiction writing at The New School, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College.