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Zell Visiting Writers Series: Karan Mahajan & Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Literati is proud to be partnering with the Helen Zell Writers Program to host author Karan Mahajan and poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi at the University of Michigan Art Museum Helmet Stern Auditorium.

Born in central Connecticut, Gabrielle Calvocoressi grew up in a family that owned movie theaters in several small towns across the state. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College and earned her MFA from Columbia University. Calvocoressi’s first book, The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea Books, 2005), was shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award and won the 2006 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, Apocalyptic Swing (Persea Books, 2009), was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is also the author of Rocket Fantastic (Persea Books, 2017). Calvocoressi has been praised for “moving beyond the popular poetry of ‘self’ in an effort to understand other perspectives in this original and riveting collection.” Her awards and honors include a Stegner Fellowship, a Jones Lectureship at Stanford University and a Rona Jaffe Women Writers’ Award. Her poem “Circus Fire, 1944” received The Paris Review‘s Bernard F. Connors Prize. 

Karan Mahajan grew up in New Delhi, India and moved to the US for college. Since then, he has lived in San Francisco, New Delhi, New York, Bangalore, and Austin. His first novel, “Family Planning” (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. His second novel, “The Association of Small Bombs” (2016), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the "10 Best Books of 2016" by The New York Times. Mahajan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The New Republic and other venues.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
525 S. State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 18th, 2016

Rocket Fantastic: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780892554850
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Published: Persea Books - September 12th, 2017