Join authors Randon Billing Noble and Xu Xi for an evening devoted to the essay. Their discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunites of the essay form, with an audience Q+A to follow. We'll also hear both authors read selections from their newest works. Both essay collections, of course!
Noble's collection, Be With Me Always, explores the hauntedness of life by considering how the ghosts of our pasts cling to us. Xi's collection, This Fish is Fowl, is a twenty-first century blend of the essayist traditions of both West and East.
About the authors:
Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her full-length essay collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019 and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017. Individual essays have appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgia Review, Brevity, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. Currently she is the Founding Editor of After the Art, an online literary magazine that publishes personal review essays that explore the relationship between reading and art.
XU XI 許素細 is the author of fourteen books — five novels, eight collections of short fiction and essays, one memoir — and also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. Her newest book is This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being (American Lives Series — Univ. Nebraska Press, March 1, 2019). Other recent titles include the novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R 2016), a memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City (Penguin, 2017) and Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories (Signal 8 2018). Forthcoming is The Art & Craft of Asian Stories (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2020). She is Faculty Co-Director of the International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts, co-founder of Authors at Large and fiction editor-at-large for Tupelo Press. An Indonesian-Chinese-American diehard transnational, she previously inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand. These days, she splits her life, unevenly, between the state of New York and the rest of the world.