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06 Oct
Oct 6, 2020 | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM


Writing: From the Personal to the Political

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

Please join Gallatin Alumni Relations and the 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), Furqan Sayeed (BA ’20), and Jayshawn Lee (BA ’21).

Nancy Agabian is a writer, teacher, and literary organizer, working in the spaces between race, ethnicity, cultural identity, feminism and queer identity. Her recent book of auto-fiction, The Fear of Large and Small Nations was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction. She is the author of Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter (Aunt Lute Books, 2008), a memoir; and Princess Freak (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000), a collection of poetry and performance texts. Her personal essays that explore liminal spaces of identity have been published in The Margins, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Kweli Journal and the award-winning Nauset Press anthology, Fierce: Essays by and about Dauntless Women. With writers Meera Nair and Amy Paul, she has connected neighbors, writers, and activists in Queens, NY, through the reading series #QueensWritersResist. She is currently a caregiver to her elderly parents in Boston.

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, plant and flower medicine, and resistance. Her articles can be found at Hampton Institute: A Working Class Think Tank, NEA Magazine, Latino Rebels, The Oregonian, and on Medium. She is the author of the book A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education. 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, immigration justice, and Portland’s Black Lives Matter/Abolitionist movement. She co-operates United Mutual Aid Network (UMAN), which provides food and supplies to people living outside, people who struggle with addiction, as well as members of the resistance community, elders, and people who need resources for various reasons. Bartley was awarded a NEA Human Rights Award in 2013. Her next book, We Can Recover, will be released in 2021.

Jennifer Clement (BA ’82) is the President of PEN International and the first woman to be elected since the organization was founded in 1921. She is the author of 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. She 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 teaches in the Expository Writing Program at NYU.

Jayshawn Lee (BA ’21) is a senior at NYU Gallatin concentrating in poetics, political economy, and international human rights. His writing hopes to challenge the language that describes the future and current spaces we inhabit. His work and activism has been in collaboration with many institutions and organizations including How We Cope, NourishNYC, and his own poetry-centered group, Write-Up.

Furqan Sayeed (BA ’20) graduated from Gallatin in May, with a concentration in Deconstructing Imperial Narratives. He received a 2020 Richard J. Koppenaal Award in Distinguished Interdisciplinary Study. His writing is focused on the intersection of race, mental health, and the alienation underlying modern life, and has previously been published in Confluence.