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A discussion with The Mount’s 2020 Writers-in-Residence: Sue Miller, Patricia Park, and Dayna Tortorici
Novelist and Guggenheim fellow Sue Miller, Fullbright scholar and writer Patricia Park, and n+1 editor-in-chief and debut novelist Dayna Tortorici will discuss their past and present work, their careers, and their experience writing in the home of Edith Wharton. They will also touch on the legacy of Edith Wharton and her continuing influence on women writers. Moderated by Elissa Altman.
Sue Miller has written a collection of short stories, a memoir about her father and his death, and ten novels, including While I Was Gone, The Good Mother, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Senator’s Wife. Her latest, Monogamy, will come out in 2020. Her work has been widely translated and published. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Yaddo residency, the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library, the Kate Chopin Prize, and she has been short-listed for a National Book Critics Circle Award and long-listed for The Orange Prize. At The Mount, Miller will begin her next writing project.
Patricia Park is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at American University, a Fulbright scholar in Creative Arts, a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, and author of the acclaimed debut novel, Re Jane (Penguin). A Korean-American reimagining of Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Re Jane was named Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review; Best Books of 2015 by American Library Association; NPR’s “Fresh Air” pick; among others. Park’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, Salon, and others. At The Mount, she will work on revising her next novel, El Chino, which explores the lives of Koreans in Argentina during the Dirty War.
Dayna Tortorici is a writer and co-editor-in-chief of the literary magazine n+1 founded in New York City in 2004. Malcolm Gladwell calls n+1 “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books. It is rigorous, curious, and provocative.” Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, as well as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. At The Mount, she will continue to work on her first novel.
Elissa Altman is the author of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tin House, The Rumpus, LitHub, Saveur, and The Washington Post, where her column, “Feeding My Mother”, ran for a year.
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