SWC Reading Series

Registration for our virtual SWC Reading Series is free, and we’ll raffle books at all readings.



Fourth Thursday SWC Reading Series: Ananda Lima (mixed genre), Ayşe Papatya Bucak (The Trojan War Museum, fiction), Ambalila Hemsell (Queen in Blue, poetry), and Alysia Sawchyn (A Fish Growing Lungs, nonfiction)

April 22, 2021, 8PM EST Register

Ayşe Papatya Bucak

Ayşe Papatya Bucak is the author of The Trojan War Museum and Other Stories which was awarded the 2019 Spotlight Award by the Story Prize and short-listed for the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for a Debut Short Story Collection. She is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University. Independent bookstore link: Books and Books.

Ambalila Hemsell

Ambalila Hemsell is the author of Queen in Blue. She is a recipient of the Kundiman Sewanee Fellowship and a former Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit. Her poetry can be found in Fairytale Review, The American Literary Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Tacoma, WA. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.

Ananda Lima

Ananda Lima is the author of the poetry collection Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press, 2021), and three chapbooks: Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019), Amblyopia (Bull City Press, 2020), and Tropicália (Newfound, 2021). Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poets.org, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Independent bookstore link: Black Lawrence Press.

Alysia Sawchyn

Alysia Sawchyn is a features editor for The Rumpus and currently lives in the DC area. Her debut essay collection, A Fish Growing Lungs, was published by Burrow Press in June 2020 and has been longlisted for the Believer Book Awards. Independent bookstore link: One More Page Books.


SWC Reading Series: Jacqueline Goldfinger (Playwrighting With Purpose), Dan O’Brien (A Story that Happens: On Playwriting, Childhood, & Other Traumas), and Elyzabeth Wilder (playwriting).

May 6, 2021, 8PM EST Register


Fourth Thursday SWC Reading Series: Fiction from Yang Huang (My Good Son), Liv Stratman (Cheat Day), Brenda Peynado (The Rock Eaters), and Stacey Swann (Olympus, Texas).

May 27, 2021, 8PM EST Register


Fourth Thursday SWC Reading Series: Kavita Das (Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar, nonfiction), Polly Rosenwaike (Look How Happy I’m Making You, fiction), Meg Day (Last Psalm at Sea Level, poetry), and Brione Janae (After Jubilee, poetry).

June 24, 2021, 8PM EST Register