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Why Short Fiction?


Wednesday, September 28 | 6:00 p.m. ET The New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street, New York, NY

Join APS managing editor Megan Cummins along with Hilma Wolitzer, Marya Spence, Adam Dalva, and Gessy Alvarez for a conversation about short fiction from the perspective of writers, editors, and agents. Brought to you by the Authors Guild and the New York Society Library, and moderated by Authors Guild Ambassador Diana Altman.  

This in-person event will also be livestreamed. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here for the livestream and here for the in-person event. 

Hilma Wolitzer

is the author of, most recently, the story collection Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket (Bloomsbury). She is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature; and a Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. Her first published story appeared when she was thirty-six, and her first novel eight years later. 

Megan Cummins

is the author of If the Body Allows It (University of Nebraska), which was awarded the 2019 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and longlisted for the Story Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. She is the managing editor of A Public Space.

Marya Spence

is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit, where she represents a diverse range of fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of Harvard University and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at NYU,  she previously worked for the New Yorker, Travel & Leisure, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, METROPOLIS Magazine, and other publications.

Adam Dalva

is the author of the graphic novel Olivia Twist (Dark Horse). A board member of the National Book Critics Circle, he is also the books editor for Words Without Borders. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. 

Gessy Alvarez

is a writer and the publisher of Digging Press and the series editor of the Digging Press Chapbook Series. Her work has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, Entropy, and elsewhere. 

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