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11 Mar
Mar 11, 2021 | 6:30 PM-7:45 PM


Writing about Music: Gallatin Alumni, Faculty, and Student Authors Read

Join Gallatin Alumni Relations and the Writing Program for an evening of readings by Gallatin writing professor Amanda Petrusich, alumni Jenzia Burgos (BA ’19), Faith Pennick (MA ’00), and Gallatin junior Sophia Bergere (BA ’22). Gallatin senior Lea Veloso (BA ’21) will moderate.

Amanda Petrusich is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of three books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction and has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Her criticism and features have appeared in the New York Times, The Oxford American, Spin, Pitchfork, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her most recent book, Do Not Sell at Any Price, explored the obsessive world of 78-rpm record collectors. She is the writer-in-residence at NYU Gallatin.

Jenzia Burgos (BA ’19) is a writer and critic from the South Bronx, New York. Her words on music, entertainment, and popular culture have appeared in Pitchfork, TIDAL, Remezcla, Paste, and more. Burgos is also a curator and founder of the Black Music History Library, a digital archive of materials about the Black origins of traditional and popular music, available at Follow @jenziaburgos and read more at Photo Credit: Leah K. Khalil

Faith Pennick (MA ’00) is an independent filmmaker and writer. Her filmography includes the documentaries Silent Choices and Weightless, and the narrative short films Running on Eggshells and Haunt. She is currently in development of her narrative feature film directorial debut, Double Effect, and the short film MMXX (“2020”). Pennick is the author of the nonfiction book D’Angelo’s “Voodoo,” which was published by Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Music imprint and was named by Variety magazine as one of the best music books of 2020. Pennick earned her BA at the University of Michigan, and an MA from Gallatin. Photo Credit: Olga Lopez

Originally from an area sixty miles north of New York City, Sophia Bergere (BA ’22), is a second semester junior at NYU Gallatin, where her concentration is “The Documentation of Dissent.” Her focus is on documentation of protest art, and more specifically protest music, through written word, visual art, oral history, and video in various locations around the world. Bergere is pursuing a minor in BEMT and enjoys learning about the inner workings of the music industry, another music-heavy area of study. Photo credit: Olga Lopez.


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