Please join us and authors Melissa Febos and Nelly Reifler.
Febos will be reading from her dazzling collection of personal essays, "Abandon Me," that explores the many ways identity and art are shaped by love and loss. In these personal narratives, Melissa Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection—with family, lovers, and oneself. First, her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance of addiction and Native American blood, its meaning a mystery. As Febos tentatively reconnects, she sees how both these lineages manifest in her own life, marked by compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure.
Reifler will be reading nonfiction from her book-in-progress.
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart. Her essays have appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Portions from Abandon Me have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, and the Center for Women Writers, and twice earned notice in the 2015 Best American Essays anthology. Febos serves on the board of directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University and on the M.F.A. faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Brooklyn. melissafebos.com
Nelly Reifler is the author of two books, See Through and Elect H. Mouse State Judge. Her work has been published by McSweeney's, BOMB, Story, Lucky Peach, the Weeklings, and FSG's Work in Progress, among others, and has been heard on NPR's Selected Shorts. A faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College, she lives in Saugerties.