The Imaginary Real: Weaving Fact into Fiction
Ruth Ozeki & Claire Vaye Watkins


Monday, February 9, 2014  |  7:30 PM

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Folger Shakespeare Library – Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 


Ruth-Ozeki_SQRuth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest whose novels include My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her films have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at numerous universities. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

“The warmth, compassion, wisdom and insight with which Ozeki pieces all these stories together will have the reader linked in a similarly profound way to this fantastic novel.”

— Doug Johnstone, The Independent

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Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of the story collection Battleborn, which was named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and Time Out New York. In 2012, the National Book Foundation named Watkins one of the 5 Best Writers Under 35. She teaches at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

“A writer of great precision and greater restraint, Watkins is a natural storyteller whose material enriches that gift rather than engulfing it.”

— Matt Gallagher, The Rumpus

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Nate Brown author photo by Hong-an Tran

Nate Brown (moderator) has published fiction in the Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, Five Chapters, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the web editor of American Short Fiction and has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Vermont Studio Center, the KHN Center for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and multiple work-study scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he coordinates the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Writers in Schools expansion program in Baltimore City Public Schools.