July 21, 2022
Neon Hemlock: All the Hometowns You Can't Stay Away From
Neon Hemlock presents: an evening of shared readings and discussion from Andrea Chapela, Izzy Wasserstein, Elly Bangs, Iori Kusano, Gordon B White, and Emma Törzs.
Writers are often each other's biggest fans - so come listen to these six authors read favourite passages from each other's work! The readings will be followed by a panel discussion.
Andrea Chapela (Mexico City, 1990) has a degree in chemistry from the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of a fantasy YA series, two books of short stories, and a book of essays. She is part of Mexicona, the Mexicanx Initiative and a member of the 2017 class of Clarion West. In English translation, her publications include poems in The Brooklyn Rail InTranslation, an essay in Tupelo Quarterly and short stories in _Lightspeed _and Samovar. Andrea was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists in 2021. She lives in Mexico City with her cat Pandemia. Her essay collection The Visible Unseen is forthcoming with Restless Books in the Fall of 2022.
Izzy Wasserstein is a queer and trans woman who teaches writing and literature at a university on the American Great Plains and writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies,_ Clarkesworld_,_ Fantasy_, and elsewhere. She shares a home with her spouse Nora E. Derrington and their animal companions. She’s an enthusiastic member of the 2017 class of Clarion West. Her debut short story collection, All the Hometowns You Can’t Stay Away From, is forthcoming with Neon Hemlock Press July 2022.
Elly Bangs was raised in a new-age cult, had six wisdom teeth, and once rode her bicycle alone from Seattle to the Panama Canal. Her debut apocalyptic cyberpunk novel, Unity, came out in Spring 2021. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, Beneath Ceasless Skies, and elsewhere. She's a SFWA member and a 2017 graduate of Clarion West. She lives with her partner and two cats in Seattle. Find her at elbangs.com
**Iori Kusano **is a queer Asian American writer, competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! duelist, and Extremely Ordinary Office Gremlin living in Tokyo. They are a graduate of Clarion West 2017 and their fiction has previously appeared in Apex Magazine and Baffling Magazine. Their debut novella, Hybrid Heart, is forthcoming from Neon Hemlock Press in 2023. Find them on Twitter @IoriKusano and Instagram as iori_stagram, or at kusanoiori.com.
Gordon B. White is the author of the weird horror collection As Summer’s Mask Slips and Other Disruptions, as well as the novellas Rookfield and And In Her Smile, The World (with Rebecca J. Allred). A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, Gordon’s stories have appeared in dozens of venues, including Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, and The Best Horror of the Year. He also regularly contributes interviews and reviews to a number of genre fiction outlets. You can find him online at gordonbwhite.com or on Twitter @GordonBWhite.
**Emma Törzs **is a writer and teaching artist based in Minneapolis. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Uncanny,_ Lightspeed_,_ and American Short Fiction_, and her work has been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a World Fantasy Award, and an O. Henry Prize. Her debut novel,_ Ink, Blood, Sister, Scribe, _is forthcoming next summer from William Morrow in the US and Century/Del Rey in the UK. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and is a graduate of Clarion West ‘17. She teaches creative writing at Macalester College.
The event is free, open to all, and captioned. Registration via Eventbrite is required; attendees will get sent a Zoom link by Eventbrite.