SWC Reading Series

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SWC Reading Series: Karin Cecile Davidson, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Clifford Garstang, and Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

November 18, 2021, 8PM EST Register

Karin Cecile Davidson

Karin Cecile Davidson is the author of the novel Sybelia Drive. Her stories have appeared in Five Points, Story, The Massachusetts Review, Colorado Review, Passages North, Post Road, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. Her awards include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Waasmode Prize, the Orlando Prize, and residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. Independent bookstore link: Pagination Bookshop.

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen won the Lambda Literary Award for Drama for his solo work, Draw The Circle (Dramatists Play Service). His other plays include Flood, The Empty Place, The Betterment Society (Methuen Books), and The Shaking Earth. He is also the author of essays and more. Find him online at http://www.mashuqmushtaqdeen.com. Independent bookstore link: Bluestockings Cooperative.

Clifford Garstang

Clifford Garstang is the author of the novels Oliver’s Travels and The Shaman of Turtle Valley, a novel in stories, What the Zhang Boys Know, winner of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction, and two short story collections, In an Uncharted Country and House of the Ancients. Independent bookstore link: The Book Dragon.

Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

A Russian-Armenian émigré, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry published fifty stories and received eight Pushcart nominations. Her work appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, Joyland, Electric Literature, Indiana Review, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, and elsewhere. Kristina is the winner of the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the 2015 Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the 2020 Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for her first collection of stories, What Isn’t Remembered. Her debut novel, The Orchard, is forthcoming from Ballantine Books in March of 2022. Independent bookstore link: Bookshop.org.