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25 Mar
Room 701
Mar 25, 2020 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

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Writing: From the Personal to the Political

A Reading by Nancy Agabian, Susan Anglada Bartley, Jennifer Clement, Jameson Fitzpatrick, and Furqan Sayeed

Please join Alumni Relations and the Gallatin Writing Program for an evening of readings by Gallatin writing professor Nancy Agabian, alumni authors Susan Anglada Bartley (BA ’00), Jennifer Clement (BA '82), Jameson Fitzpatrick (BA ’12), and Gallatin senior Furqan Sayeed (BA ’20)

Susan Anglada Bartley (BA ’00) is a writer, educator, and activist who writes on race, class, gender, education, addiction and recovery, as well as politics, healing, and resistance. Her articles can be found at Hampton Institute: A Working Class Think Tank, NEA Magazine, Latino Rebels, The Oregonian, and on Medium. Bartley was featured in the December 2019 Playboy article, “Antifa in Focus,” regarding her work in the anti-fascist resistance community in Portland, Oregon. Her political activity relates to racial justice in public education and immigration justice. She is involved in mutual aid efforts in service of people struggling with addiction and living without shelter. Susan was awarded a NEA Human Rights Award in 2013.

Jennifer Clement (BA ’82) is the President of PEN International and the first woman to be elected since the organization was founded in 1921. Clement is the author the novels A True Story Based on Lies, The Poison That Fascinates, Prayers for the Stolen and Gun Love, as well as several poetry books. Clement also wrote the acclaimed memoir Widow Basquiat on New York City in the early 1980s and the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Clement is the recipient of many awards including Guggenheim Foundation and NEA Fellowships and her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. Clement lives in Mexico City.

Jameson Fitzpatrick (BA ’12; GSAS MFA ’14) is the author of Pricks in the Tapestry (Birds, LLC, 2020). A recipient of fellowships from the Pocantico Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts, Fitzpatrick now teaches in the Expository Writing Program at NYU.

Nancy Agabian is the author of the poetry and performance collection Princess Freak (Beyond Baroque Books) and the memoir, Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter (Aunt Lute Books), which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a Saroyan International Writing Prize. Agabian’s novel manuscript, The Fear of Large and Small Nations, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction. Her essays have appeared in The Margins, Kweli, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. She is currently taking a break from teaching this academic year to care for her aging parents in Massachusetts. 

Furqan Sayeed (BA ’20) is a student and writer currently living and working in New York. He is a senior at Gallatin where he is pursuing a concentration tentatively titled “Deconstructing Imperial Narratives.” His work is focused on the intersection of race, mental health, and the alienation underlying modern life, and has previously been published in Confluence.

 

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