March 13th: We Wear the Masks: Manuel Gonzales, Yona Harvey, and Gary Jackson

We Wear the Masks

We Wear the Masks: Poetry and Fiction Inspired by Comic Books with Manuel Gonzales, Yona Harvey, and Gary Jackson
Co-sponsored by the O.B. Harrison Poetry Series

Monday, March 13th, 2017  |  7:30 PM
Purchase a single ticket for $15

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003 

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series come together to explore the evolving influence that comic books have on writers. The writers will read from their work and participate in a post-reading conversation moderated by Dr. Tara Betts, Visiting Lecturer at University of Illinois-Chicago. Using handwritten poems and passages, the artists of Ink Brick, a micro-press for comic book poetry, will create one-of-a-kind comic book broadsides for this event.

Join us on at the Folger Theatre on Monday, March 13th, for this exciting and wide-ranging conversation.


Manual Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Riverhead) and the forthcoming novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack! (Riverhead). His fiction and nonfiction have been published in McSweeney’sFence, Tin HouseOpen CityOne StoryThe, and various other publications. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for Fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. He teaches writing at the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

“Gonzales writers with an abundance of imagination, riffing on comic book and pop culture plot lines and characters while adding his own unique perspective.”
-Publishers Weekly


Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University and finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. Her work has been anthologized in many publications including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry and The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She has received an Individual Artist grant in nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation and participated in workshops and residencies at the inaugural Cave Canem retreat and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is an assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

“An extraordinary debut book in which the devastations is very much alive.”
–Toi Derricotte, Poet and Cofounder of Cave Canem


Gary Jackson is the author of Missing You, Metropolis (Graywolf Press, 2010), which was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, and received his MFA degree in poetry from the University of New Mexico in 2008. His poems have appeared in The Laurel Review, Blue Mesa Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Literary Bohemian, Inscape, and Magma, and he was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize. He has been a fierce lover of comics for nearly twenty years.

“A heartbreaking debut that leads not to nowhere but to the knowledge that how we embrace our childhood wonder determines how we arrive at adulthood.
–Jennifer Chang,  Poetry Society of America

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