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: Venita Blackburn (Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, fiction), Doris Iarovici (Minus One, fiction), Matthew Thorburn (The Grace of Distance, poetry) and Bess Winter (Machines of Another Era, fiction)

Jan. 28, 2021, 8PM EST Register

Venita Blackburn

Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Apogee, Iowa ReviewFoglifter, Electric Literature, the Paris Review and others. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018, she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award and recipient of the PEN America Los Angeles literary prize in fiction. She is founder of the literary nonprofit Live, Write (livewriteworkshop.com), which provides free creative writing workshops for communities of color. Blackburn’s second collection of stories, How to Wrestle a Girl, will be published fall of 2021 by MCD of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her home town is Compton, California, and she is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.

Doris Iarovici

Doris Iarovici, author of the story collections Minus One and American Dreaming and Other Stories, has received the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, the Portland Review's Spring Fiction Prize, and a Pushcart nomination. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere. A Fellow of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, VCCA, and Hambidge, she works as a psychiatrist at Harvard and lives in Boston. Independent bookstore link: Belmont Books.

Matthew Thorburn

Matthew Thorburn’s latest book is The Grace of Distance, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. His previous book, Dear Almost, won the Lascaux Prize. He has new poems in Hotel Amerika, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review and The Best American Poetry 2020. He lives in New Jersey. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.

Bess Winter

Bess Winter’s work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the American Short[er] Fiction Prize, and appears in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she’s an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. She lives in Urbana, IL. Independent bookstore link: Gold Wake Press.


Fourth Thursday SWC Reading Series: Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls, nonfiction), Lars Horn (Voice of the Fish, nonfiction), Rebecca Morgan Frank (Oh You Robot Saints!, poetry), and Kathleen Winter (Transformer, poetry)

Feb. 25, 2021, 8PM EST Register

Jaquira Díaz

Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami Beach. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Florida Book Awards Gold Medal, and a Lambda Literary Awards finalist. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Time Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Best American Essays 2016, among other publications. She splits her time between Montreal, the UK, and Miami with her spouse, the writer Lars Horn. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.

Rebecca Morgan Frank

Rebecca Morgan Frank’s fourth collection of poems, Oh You Robot Saints!, comes out from Carnegie Mellon UP in early 2021. Her poems have recently appeared in such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Pleiades, and Ploughshares. She is co-founder and editor of the online magazine Memorious. Independent bookstore link: Pilsen Community Books.

Lars Horn

Lars Horn is a writer and translator working in literary and experimental non-fiction. Their first book, VOICE OF THE FISH, won the 2020 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. In 2016, they translated the publication "Ateliers & Studios" for The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. The recipient of a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship, Horn’s writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, "Write Across Canada: An Anthology of Emerging Writers," New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, and elsewhere. They split their time between Montreal and Miami, where they live with their wife, the writer Jaquira Díaz.

Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter is author of Transformer (2020), I will not kick my friends, and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past. Her poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, New Statesman, Five Points, Giant Sequins, Agni, Yale Review, Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, Shenandoah, and Copper Nickel. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.