Saturday, October 31, 2009
Somehow in the excitement of the evening, we managed not to take any other photos of Graywolf's 35th Anniversary Reading. But here in this picture, from left to right: Jeffrey Yang, whose wonderful first book of poems, Aquarium, won the PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry: an increasingly pregnant and rotund yours truly who really should not be photographed at an angle (thanks Gordon): Jeffrey Renard Allen, who wrote the very sharp "Holding Pattern": Tiphanie Yanique, whose short story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony is due out this spring: and the very gifted and unusual J. Robert Lennon, whose most recent book is the very eerie Castle.
Not pictured, is Robert Boswell, who read from his much admired collection of short stories, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards. Not pictured also are the many lovely guests and readers I met--it's fun to meet people who have actually read your book!
At any rate, it was a lovely evening--all the writers have such unusual and strong voices, it made for a great deal of fun to hear us all reading one after another. I'll be traveling up to Boston next, for another Graywolf party, and look forward to meeting more authors and poets.