Get tickets now for Finding Home!

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation & GWU’s Institute for Middle East Studies invite you to delve into the intricacies of Arab American identity through the individual experiences of some of today’s most celebrated literary voices.

Join notable Buzzfeed reporter Hannah Allam as she sits down with Osama Alomar, Susan Darraj, and Laila Halaby to discuss what “Finding Home” looks like for an Arab American, especially in today’s political climate.

Tickets are on sale now! Don’t miss out on PEN/Faulkner’s second Literary Conversation of the year!

20 Book-ish Halloween Costume Ideas

1. Handmaids from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Forced to live as obedient servants in a dystopian world of totalitarian theocratic rule, the handmaids fight back to regain female agency. The government mandates that each handmaid wear a long red dress, hooded cape, and a white bonnet. This uniform becomes a symbol for the resistance in the novel–and in present society as well–and would make a simple, fun Halloween costume! Dust off your favorite old white bonnet and red cape (or just red winter coat if you’re short on time) and you’re officially a handmaid. – Mary Berset, Literary Events Intern


2. Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Known for her daunting presence and wild demeanor, Bertha Mason acts as the “ghost” who haunts the titular character of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel. She’s the forgotten wife of Mr. Rochester who, in attempts to conceal her madness, locks her away in the attic of his estate – thus creating her nickname “The Madwoman in the Attic.” This costume won’t require much, just a couple of items and willingness to DIY. Throw on an old, raggedy white nightgown, dark makeup, and tease your hair into a rat’s nest and you’re all set. -Elizabeth Phan, Literary Events Intern

3. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

For the most over-the-top Halloween costume enthusiasts, the full Effie Trinket look is perfect. The posh escort of District 12, Effie over-enthusiastically leads Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark to the capital for the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Effie’s grandiose personality is mirrored by her appearance as she flaunts towering wigs and cartoonish makeup. To get her look, pile on the costume jewelry, powdery makeup, a huge hairpiece, and the most comically extravagant dress you can find. May the odds be ever in your favor! -Emily Herman, Literary Events Intern

4. Anne Boleyn from Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Accused of witchcraft and high treason and the most infamous of Henry VIII’s six wives, Anne Boleyn lost her head in 1536, but her aura and mystique lives on in Mantel’s first book of a trilogy narrated by Thomas Cromwell, who plays a prominent role in her downfall. This costume is all in the accessories: part your hair down the middle, glue gold studs onto a black headband, wrap strings of pearls around your neck, and add a gold-plated letter “B” for that authentic Boleyn touch. With a long black gown and a dusting of white powder (baby powder works well), you’ve transformed into the mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I. – Lacey N. Dunham, Writers in Schools Director

5. Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew stars in a series of novels created by publisher Edward Stretemeyer and ghost-written by numerous authors. Often described as “Supergirl,” Nancy Drew has become a cultural icon through her work as a detective. Always impeccably dressed, a Nancy Drew halloween costume should entail a collared blouse, sweater, pencil skirt, tights, and flats. Add a headband and carry a flashlight or magnifying glass, and you’re ready to solve any mystery that may come your way this Halloween. – Mary Berset, Literary Events Intern

6. Joe Hardy from the Hardy Boys Series by Franklin W. Dixon

As a precursor and partner to Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys Series was created by publisher Edward Stretemeyer and written by ghostwriters under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. Joe Hardy, alongside his brother Frank, solve mysteries together, and put a stop to crimes such as murder, drug peddling, race horse kidnapping, diamond smuggling, and much more. Dress up as Joe Hardy with a collared button-down, red sweater, khaki pants, and a magnifying glass or flashlight! This costume also works for couples, as the iconic Joe Hardy and Nancy Drew team. – Mary Berset, Literary Events Intern

7. Madeline from Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

A series of stories surrounding the exciting adventures of a seven-year-old girl in a Parisian boarding school, Madeline’s sweet yet sneaky attitude has charmed readers since it was published in 1956. From scheming ways save her school from closing to finding her way around Miss Clavel’s strict rules, Madeline is a a simple yet recognizable literary costume. All you need is a camel colored straw hat with a black bow around the brim, a blue dress with a long red neck tie, white stockings, and black ballet flats. – Caroline Evashavik, Writers in Schools Intern

8. Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

As the middle child and only boy, Klaus is described as the intelligent sibling. He’s an avid reader and loves to research everything and anything during his free time. He is known for standing by his older sister’s side and using big words and phrases that no one but him understands. Just one of the three beloved characters in Lemony Snicket’s, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Klaus’s school uniform is easy to replicate. All you need is grey slacks, a black vest and dress shoes, white button up, red tie with white stripes, and a maroon dress jacket. To make the costume more authentic, you can print out his schools emblem and pin it on the left side of the dress jacket. –Laura Sincage, Writers in Schools Intern. 

9. Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

As the eldest in the family, Violet is an intelligent and charming character with an endless streak of bad luck. She is the inventor in the family, and throughout the series her inventions have helped save her and her siblings. As the leader of the Baudelaire clan, her school uniform is perfect for a last minute costume. You’ll need a mid-length grey skirt, grey V-neck sweater, black tights and flats, white button up, maroon dress jacket, and a red tie with white stripes. To complete the full look, add the school emblem to the maroon dress jacket and tie your hair back with a bow. -Laura Sincage, Writers in Schools Intern.

10. Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

After a mysterious fire kills Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire, Count Olaf becomes the cunning adoptive father of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire in order to obtain their fortune. Although Count Olaf has plenty of aliases, his most identifiable look consists of black pinstriped pants, a matching blazer with long tails, and a silver necktie. Wear a wig or tease your own hair to match his frizzy, nearly vertical hairstyle. Bonus points for a fuzzy gray unibrow. -Emily Herman, Literary Events Intern

11. Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Being accused of adultery back in the 1800s was no laughing matter; Hester Prynne was forced to sew a giant scarlet “A” onto all of her clothes as punishment for having a child out of wedlock. Even after enduring endless harassment and humiliation, she was never permitted to remove the “A.” and when she died even her grave bore this marking. As if it isn’t obvious, this costume is all about the “A.” All you need is a long black dress, a white apron on top, and a blood-red “A” sewn right down the middle. –Caroline Evashavik, Writers in Schools Intern

12. Amelia Bedelia from Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia is a housekeeper who takes directions from her employers too literally in this silly series. She means well but somehow she can never seem to get anything right. Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia has been a favorite for young children since 1963. Bring her to life by creating your own Amelia Bedelia with the use of a black dress, white apron, black hat with flowers on it, black stockings, and black shoes. – Yevette Smith, Writers in Schools Intern

13. Characters from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

For those looking for a group costume, look no further than Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel. Alice finds herself encountering characters of the unique variety. There’s the Queen of Hearts, whose costume requires a red and black dress, a crown, and a heart emblem. She also meets the Mad Hatter, who wears purple pants, a colorful blazer, a big bow tie, and a giant hat. And who could forget the Cheshire Cat, with his big, toothy grin. He’s shown in the 1951 Disney adaptation as pink and purple, and all you’d need to add is a pair of cat ears. -Elizabeth Phan, Literary Events Intern

14. Amma Crellin from Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (SPOILER ALERT)

Filled with dysfunctional families, secrets from the past, repressed memories, and a rising death toll of little girls, the HBO adaptation of this novel inspires eerie, yet subtle Halloween costumes. Amma Crellin is the ringleader of the “cool girls” (who are unphased by their classmates’ killings). A “good girl” in the daytime, Amma changes into someone else as night falls. Become daytime Amma by adorning your perfectly brushed hair with ribbons and slip into a floral-print knee-length dress with lace-lined socks and flats. Put on a devilish grin and carry a doll. For nighttime Amma, switch into a pair of roller skates, pink crop top, jean shorts, and be sure to carry pliers and a reckless attitude. Can’t decide? Be two-faced Amma: Roller skate on one foot, ballet flat on the other. Ribbons on one side, none on the other. Brush up on your sewing skills and sew up half of a dress atop a shirt and jean shorts. – Tessa Houstoun, Writers in Schools Senior Associate


15. Pippi Longstocking from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi is more than the strongest girl in the world: she is adventurous, fun, and extremely caring. With no parents to tell her what to do, this red haired, freckled face, nine-year-old girl with upside down braids goes on many adventures. This costume is all about having fun with the clothing: a denim jumper, knee high socks, and either a turtleneck or a red-and-white striped top. Finish it off with side braids. Add in an adventurous spirit, and you’ve transformed into Pippi Longstocking. – Yevette Smith, Writers in Schools intern

16. Eloise from Eloise by Kay Thompson, Illustrated by Hilary Knight

Living on the “tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Eloise is a force to be reckoned with for everyone she meets. An energetic character with crazy antics, you can’t help but fall in love with her. This costume is an easy ensemble with a simple short black flowy skirt, black flats, suspenders, a short sleeve white button up, and high socks, with a pink bow tied in unruly hair. –Laura Sincage, Writer in Schools Intern

17. Coraline from Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s young protagonist Coraline works relentlessly to rid herself of boredom and the mundaneness of her daily life. In doing so, she encounters strange characters far beyond her imagination which lead her into some tricky situations. In 2009, the book was adapted into a widely beloved animated movie that shows Coraline in all her colorful glory. For this costume, you’ll need a yellow rain jacket, yellow rain boots, blue jeans, and a blue wig. You’ll be easily recognizable and ready for adventure on Halloween night! -Elizabeth Phan, Literary Events Intern

18. Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

As the brattiest winner of the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, Veruca Salt demanda her father give her anything she wants inside the secret candy fantasy world. Veruca’s entitlement gets her deep into trouble when she tries to steal a squirrel from the nut room and ends up being ambushed by all hundred squirrels. This Halloween, borrow Veruca’s sassy attitude and throw a red dress over a white collared shirt to get her iconic look. To accessorize, add on white stockings, a black belt, and shiny black flats. -Emily Herman, Literary Events Intern

19. Matilda Wormwood from Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda, a five-year-old girl and avid reader who enjoys playing pranks on family and friends, is often mistreated by her parents, older brother, and the evil Miss Trunchbull, but she finds a friend in her teacher Ms. Honey. In an attempt to get revenge, Matilda uses her powers of telekinesis to drive Miss Trunchbull away and give Ms. Honey what she deserves. Matilda’s parents decide to pack up and leave and Matilda ends up living with Ms. Honey. Wear a white t-shirt with a blue dress (bonus if the dress has flowers!), tall socks, red shoes, and a blue headband.  – Nina Arroyo Santiago, Nuestra Voz Program Associate


20. Count Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker

Thanks to Irishman Bram Stoker, the lasting stereotype of the vampire was born: pale with pointy ears and canine teeth, blood-red lips, bushy eyebrows, and the classic widow’s peaks on a head of black hair. For this costume all you need is white face paint, red lipstick, and a black eyebrow pencil. Stoker’s undead character wore all black, so find your inner-goth for a perfect and easy costume. But why wear it just once? Head to Dublin for the annual Bram Stoker festival. – Lacey N. Dunham, Writers in Schools Director

Happy Halloween from the PEN/Faulkner Staff!

Last Chance for Literary Horror Night Tickets! 10/29 at 7pm

Join us on Monday, October 29 at Penn Social for our first Literary Conversation of the season. A night filled with horror and incredible literature to prepare you for Halloween! Get tickets now before they sell out!

Dan Chaon, (Ill Will), Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves), and Brian Evenson (A Collapse of Horses) will read from their work and engage in conversation about what horror fiction as a genre says about the very real horrors we face on a daily basis. This evening will be moderated by bestselling and award-winning author, Elizabeth HandYou won’t want to miss these critically-acclaimed authors at our pre-Halloween celebration!

Tickets include a free drink upon entry (THIS EVENT IS 21+), and the onstage discussion will be followed by a book signing. Books will be onsale before and after the readings!

Winter and Spring 2019 Internship Postings

Love literature, the arts, and education? Want to learn how a nonprofit operates from the ground up? If you answered yes, The PEN/Faulkner Internship program is perfect for you. We are currently looking to fill four positions for Winter and Spring 2019.

  • Writers in Schools Spring Internship
  • Literary Events Spring Internship

Writers in Schools Internship (Multiple positions available)

The Writers in Schools Internship will focus on our Writers in Schools literary arts K-12 school outreach program, which brings contemporary literature into DC public and public charter schools. We provide free books for students and coordinate class visits with the authors, fostering conversation about their works and their careers as writers.

Tasks include:

  • Helping coordinate author visits and attending visits, where needed, as an author ambassador.
  • Support with information management of book lists, author database, website organization, volunteer database, and DC public and charter school demographics and needs.
  • Assist and support evaluation of WinS programming.
  • Assist with and develop reading packets and materials as well as support material development.
  • Update WinS materials in print and on the web, including writing and editing copy, selecting images, and marketing the program.
  • Work closely with the Writers in Schools Program Director to analyze program data and draw meaningful conclusions on the strength and vitality of the program.

Literary Events Internship (Multiple positions available)

The Literary Events Internship will focus on marketing, program development, and research, centered around our public literary events and projects. These include our “Literary Conversations” author series, the annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony, the annual PEN/Faulkner Gala, and many more exciting events featuring today’s most popular and talented authors!

Tasks include:

  • Research on contemporary authors for upcoming literary events
  • Assisting with the logistics of upcoming author visits, such as scheduling, travel bookings, and accommodations
  • Crafting book synopses and author bios for upcoming programs
  • Attending our literary events and assisting with audience management
  • Generating content  for multiple social media platforms
  • Organization and categorization of PEN/Faulkner archival materials
  • General copywriting and administrative tasks                         


Hours: Minimum 10 hours/week. Candidates must be able to work shifts of at least 4-hours.

  • Compensation: Unpaid
  • Who can apply: Undergrad students, graduate students, and recent graduates.
  • Deadline to apply: January 18. Interviews and hirings are done on a rolling basis, and positions may fill prior to this date.
  • Start date: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, January 26
  • End date: Week of April 29


Send an email (noting the position you are applying for in the subject line) with a current resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

Our office is located in the WeWork Wonder Bread building 1 block from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.


This is an unpaid internship. Academic credit can be provided. Travel within the work day for internship duties are paid for by PEN/Faulkner. Upon completion of the internship, PEN/Faulkner will provide a travel stipend for interns.

If your school has a Winter Term or January Term, please apply accordingly to 

No phone calls, please.

Announcing PEN/Faulkner’s Fall Season of Literary Conversations and Events!

Literary Conversations are PEN/Faulkner’s regular public programming events, which are designed to capture the most significant literary and societal conversations of the moment. Unlike other reading events, Literary Conversations are moderated discussions embedded with opportunities for writers to read from their work. At their very core, they are organic discussions featuring the most highly acclaimed contemporary authors, discussing their work in the context of all that is happening in the world today. This brings literature to life, and allows readers to build meaningful connections to the words on the page.

We are excited to announce this year’s Fall Season of events! We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 29
Literary Horror Night
7pm at Penn Social (801 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004)

Join the PEN/Faulkner Foundation as we delve into the Halloween spirit during our Literary Horror Night, hosted at an exciting new space, Penn Social! Dan Chaon, (Ill Will), Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves), and Brian Evenson (A Collapse of Horses) will read from their work and engage in conversation about what horror fiction as a genre says about the very real horrors we face on a daily basis. This evening will be moderated by bestselling and award-winning author, Elizabeth Hand. You won’t want to miss these critically-acclaimed authors at our pre-Halloween celebration!

Tuesday, November 27
Finding Home
7pm at GWU’s Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation & GWU’s Institute of Middle Eastern Studies invite you to delve into the intricacies of Arab American identity through the individual experiences of some of today’s most celebrated literary voices. Join notable Buzzfeed reporter Hannah Allam as she sits down with Osama Alomar (The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories), Susan Darraj (A Curious Land: Stories from Home; The Inheritance of Exile) and Laila Halaby (Once in a Promised Land) to discuss what “Finding Home” looks like for an Arab American, especially in today’s political climate. These award-winning authors will also read from their work in what will be a fascinating and engaging evening.
                                                                                                                                          Saturday, December 8
2018 PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony
7:30pm at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
(600 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001)


The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story was established in 1988 by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor the best published collections of short fiction. This year’s winners, Joan Silber and Amina Gautier, will be honored in a ceremony at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue where they will read from their work and be presented with the $5,000 prize.
*This event is not sponsored by Sixth & I.

Meet the Authors: 2018 Gala Edition

Though James Hannaham is an award winning author, he is also a performer and visual artist. His novel Delicious Foods was the winner of the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction as well as the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Hannaham’s novel follows three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy their lives. While attending Yale University in 1992, Hannaham worked in the art department of The Village Voice. Creativity and talent in the arts run in his family, as artist Kara Walker is Hannaham’s cousin. Hannaham is now an associate professor in the writing departement at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Joan Silber was this year’s winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and The National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for her novel Improvement. The novel revolves around a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them. In addition, Silber’s short fiction, which has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Epoch, and many more, has won her the 2018 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Silber lives in New York, with her dog Lucille, and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.

Come join us on Monday, September 24 to hear James Hannaham, Joan Silber and eight other highly acclaimed authors read original pieces at the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala. Buy tickets at It will be a night of literary magic!

Meet the Authors: 2018 Gala Edition

ZZ Packer was recognized as a talented writer at the early age of 19 for her first significant publication “Sometimes You Get Lucky” in Seventeen magazine. Another of Packer’s short stories, featured  in the Debut Fiction issue of The New Yorker, became a title story in her collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. The collection was a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and was personally selected by John Updike for the Today Show Book Club. Packer is currently working on a novel set in the aftermath of the Civil War specifically focused on the Reconstruction and Buffalo Soldiers. In an interview with SuicideGirls, Packer stated, “you don’t hear much about blacks in the West and I became really fascinated by them. I thought to justify my interest I had better write about them.”

Michael Cunningham is the author of seven novels including The Hours. The novel follows the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, who goes about her morning, planning a party in honor of a beloved friend; Laura Brown, a 1950s housewife, who slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home; and Virginia Woolf, recuperating with her husband in a London suburb, as she begins to write “Mrs. Dalloway.” By the end of the novel, the stories are intricately intertwined. The novel was awarded the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. His most recent book, A Wild Swan, was an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2015. Cunningham lives in New York City and teaches Creative Writing at Yale University.

Come join us on Monday, September 24 to hear ZZ Packer, Michael Cunningham and eight other highly acclaimed authors read original pieces at the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala. Buy tickets at It will be a night of literary magic!


Meet the Authors: 2018 Gala Edition

David Bradleys novel The Chaneysville Incident won the 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. The novel was inspired by the discovery of the graves of runaway slaves on a farm near Chaneysville in Bedford County, PA, where Bradley was born. In 1981, the New York Times Book Reviewer Vance Bourjaily stated, “What [Bradley] can do, at a pretty high level of energy, is synchronize five different kinds of rhetoric, control a complicated plot, manage a good-sized cast of characters, convey a lot of information, handle an intricate time scheme, pull off a couple of final tricks that dramatize provocative ideas, and generally keep things going for 200,000 words. That’s about two and a half books for most of us.”

Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was the winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The novel is a story of Rosemary Cooke who grapples with the silence that consumes her after her siblings have vanished from her life. Fowler is most known for her novel The Jane Austen Book Club, which was later adapted into a movie of the same name. Much of Fowler’s work is centered around the lives of women and the theme of alienation. We are excited to see how Fowler could potentially incorporate those themes into an original piece, based on the theme ‘Magic,’ at the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala on September 24!

Come join us on Monday, September 24 to hear David Bradley, Karen Joy Fowler and eight other highly acclaimed authors read original pieces at the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala. Buy tickets at It will be a night of literary magic!

Meet the Authors: 2018 Gala Edition

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum’s second novel Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist, follows the life of a seventh grade teacher as she grapples with being new to teaching, being new to the school and being newly engaged. Her first novel Madeleine Is Sleeping was a National Book Award Finalist in 2004. A common theme in Bynum’s work is fairy tales, expressing that she loves how “they always walk that line between wonder and darkness.” Get excited to see how Bynum incorporates this year’s theme, ‘Magic,’ into her original piece, written for the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala.

Tobias Wolff is a short story writer, a memoirist and a novelist, and he is primarily known for his memoir This Boy’s Life. The story recounts the details of his adolescence as he moved around the country with his mother and abusive stepfather. Wolff has received several awards for his work, including the 1985 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. His short stories have established him as a highly acclaimed writer, however he won the 1985 award for his novella The Barracks Thief, a story of three young paratroopers in training during the Vietnam War. He currently lives in Northern California and is a Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.

Come join us on Monday, September 24 to hear Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Tobias Wolff and eight other highly acclaimed authors read original pieces at the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala. Buy tickets at It will be a night of literary magic!

Meet the Authors: 2018 Gala Edition

Author and food enthusiast Kate Christensen is the author of seven novels, two food-centric memoirs, anthologies and several essays and articles. Her work has been published in magazines including Vogue, Elle, Bookforum, O, the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Food and Wine. Her novel The Great Man won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The story focuses on two competing biographers who investigate the secret life of Oscar Feldman, an artist who led an entirely separate life with his longtime mistress.  She writes an occasional drinks column for The Wall Street Journal called “With a Twist” and lives with her husband and dog in Portland, Maine.

Lorraine López’s short story collection Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was the winner of the Texas League of Writers Award for Outstanding Book of Fiction as well as a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist in 2010. The collection is set in the South and focuses on familial relationships, by birth and by choice. López is currently working on a linked story collection entitled, Postcards from the Gerund State and Other Stories, scheduled for publication in 2019. She is simultaneously working on a novel called What We Have Here. On top of that, she is the Gertrude Conaway Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

Come join us on Monday, September 24 to hear Kate Chistensen, Lorraine López and eight other highly acclaimed authors read original pieces at the 30th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala. Buy tickets at It will be a night of literary magic!