SWC Reading Series

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



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

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg, and librettist who seeks out unique collaborations, working across disciplines to create singular works of theatre and opera. Her work has been produced both nationally and internationally. Coming up, you can see her play A Wind in the Door at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and her opera Alice Tierney at Oberlin Opera. Her awards include the Yale Prize, Opera America Discovery Grant, Smith Prize, Sloan Grant, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Tennessee Williams Fellowship, and Generations Award. She teaches workshops and seminars at college and university theatre programs across the U.S. including at University of California, Davis & San Diego, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University. For more information, visit www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com. Independent bookstore link: Routledge.

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien’s collection of essays, A Story That Happens: On Playwriting, Childhood, & Other Traumas, was published by CB Editions in April. His fourth poetry collection, Our Cancers, is forthcoming from Acre Books this fall. He is a recent Guggenheim Fellow in Drama, and the recipient of a 2018 PEN Award for Drama. Independent bookstore link: CB Editions.

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s plays include Looks Like Pretty, Fresh Kills, Everything That’s Beautiful Gee's Bend, The Furniture of Home, The Flag Maker of Market Street, White Lightning, and Provenance. Her work has been produced/commissioned by Royal Court, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Arden, New Conservatory Theatre, Sloan Foundation, Geva Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Triad Stage, Little Fish, B Street Theatre, among others. Proud NYU/Youngblood alum.


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

Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in China and has lived in the United States since 1990. Her novel MY GOOD SON won the UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize. Her linked story collection, MY OLD FAITHFUL, won the Juniper Prize, and her debut novel, LIVING TREASURES, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal. Independent bookstore link: Bookshop.org.

Brenda Peynado

Brenda Peynado is a Dominican American writer whose style ranges from lyric essays, magical realism, fabulism, science fiction, fantasy, surrealism, to some perfectly realistic exaggerations thrown in the mix. Her short story collection, The Rock Eaters, was published by Penguin Books in March 2021. Her work appears in The Georgia Review, The Sun, Threepenny Review, Epoch, and elsewhere. Her stories have won a Nelson Algren Award, an O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and other awards. Independent bookstore link: Bookshop.org.

Liv Stratman

Liv Stratman is a writer from New York. She earned an MA from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first novel, CHEAT DAY, is out from Scribner on May 25, 2021. Independent bookstore link: Bookshop.org.

Stacey Swann

STACEY SWANN holds an MFA from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a contributing editor of American Short Fiction. Olympus, Texas is her first book. Independent bookstore link: Book People.


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