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MANHATTAN, NY: The Weight of History

As part of the I Am America series, writers Terese Marie Mailhot and Angela Flournoy discuss how we reckon with the historical legacies that are handed down to us, and how they become part of our personal stories. The event will be moderated by our executive director, Noreen Tomassi. 

In her bestselling memoir Heart Berries, Mailhot looks at growing up on Seabird Island Indian Reservation in Canada. Flournoy’s novel The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, traces the story of generations of an African American family through their home on Detroit’s East Side.

Terese Marie Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. She graduated with an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her writing appears in West Branch, Guernica, Pacific Standard, Elle, The LA Times, Longreads, Medium, and elsewhere. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Heart Berries: A Memoir. She serves as faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts and she's a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and aNew York Times Notable Book of the Year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015. Flournoy was the 2016-17 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She most recently taught at Princeton University.

About I Am America

This event is part of I Am America, a conversation series about what it means to be a part of these (sometimes) United States, presented by The Center for Fiction and The Greene Space at WNYC.

*Please note that all ticket sales are through WNYC. Thank you! 


Venue: The Greene Space

44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
(corner of Varick Street)

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6:30 PM18:30

Cleveland, OH: IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA, Panel Talk and Book Signing


June 6, 2018 / 6:30pm

Free + open to all

6:30PM Reception | 7PM Talk

Featuring Susan Crile, Angela Flournoy, and Jonathan Santlofer

Introduction by Sri Thakkilapati, ACLU of Ohio

It is imperative that the narratives we put forward illuminate rather than confound, elevate rather than suppress, and embrace rather than isolate. This dazzling volume [...] does just that.” 

-Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art

A provocative, unprecedented anthology, IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA mines the American experience to draw out fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy. The book features original short stories by today’s most celebrated authors alongside artworks by the country’s most acclaimed artists. We invite you to join editor Jonathan Santlofer as he moderates a conversation with fellow author Angela Flournoy and Cleveland-born artist Susan Crile. Together, they will explore the state of our union and what role WE play in “We the People.”

IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA was published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) upon the one-year anniversary of the Presidential Inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington. The book will be available for purchase in The MOCA Store during this event. A cash bar public reception will precede the talk.

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7:00 PM19:00

New York, NY: A Lucky Man: Jamel Brinkley & Angela Flournoy


COST: Free | WHEN: 05/15/18 @ 7:00pm | WHERE: 126 Crosby St. New York, NY, 10012

“A Lucky Man is just one of those collections that takes your breath away: the voices we hear, the people we meet, they scratch and pull and ache and rage, revealing secrets we usually keep hidden. Every line is pitch perfect. Jamel Brinkley is a writer of extraordinary talent.”
—Daniel Alarcón, author of The King is Always Above the People

In the nine expansive, searching stories of A Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past. An imaginative young boy from the Bronx goes swimming with his group from day camp at a backyard pool in the suburbs, and faces the effects of power and privilege in ways he can barely grasp. A teen intent on proving himself a man through the all-night revel of J’ouvert can’t help but look out for his impressionable younger brother. A pair of college boys on the prowl follow two girls home from a party and have to own the uncomfortable truth of their desires. And at a capoeira conference, two brothers grapple with how to tell the story of their family, caught in the dance of their painful, fractured history.

Jamel Brinkley’s stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class—where luck may be the greatest fiction of all.


Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books). His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Epiphany, and LitMag. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Beginning this fall, he will be a 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School and Columbia University. Flournoy was the 2016-17 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She currently teaches at Princeton University.

For more information, visit HousingWorks at: https://www.housingworks.org/events/a-lucky-man-jamel-brinkley-angela-flournoy

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Harlem, NY: Penguin Classics Presents - An Evening to Celebrate Langston Hughes

Please join Angela Flournoy (novelist and author of the introduction of NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER), Doreen St. Felix (New Yorker staff writer) and Chris Jackson (publisher of One World and Editor-In-Chief at Random House) for an evening to celebrate Langston Hughes’ legacy at the Langston Hughes House in Harlem where the author lived and wrote during the last twenty years of his life. 

Largely autobiographical, NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER is the coming of age novel of a young black boy growing up in racially divided rural Kansas in the 1930s. With echoes of current headlines from Ferguson, Chicago, and Saint Paul, it captures the plight of a young black man (and, subsequently, an entire community) attempting to survive in the face of institutionalized inequality. 

This event is free and open to the public (over 21). Wine will be served.

Address: Langston Hughes House | 20 E 127th St, New York, New York 10035

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3:45 PM15:45

Syracuse, NY: Raymond Carver Reading on 12/6

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The Raymond Carver Reading Series features twelve to fourteen prominent writers yearly as part of a large undergraduate class taught by TAs from the Creative Writing Program. The readings have an extended Question and Answer session along with a reading. The public is welcome to attend. Recent authors include Gary Lutz, Sam Lipsyte, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Terrance Hayes, C.K. Williams and Lydia Davis.

Angela will be Syracuse University's Daniel and Jane Present Lecturer for the Raymond Carver Fall Series Reading. See SU's corresponding Arts & Literature article here!

Click here for more information on the reading series.

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7:30 PM19:30

Washington D.C.: An Evening with the Iowa Writers' Workshop

"An Evening with the Iowa Writers' Workshop," at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  Angela will be participating in the panel and reading. The Workshop is planning to Co-Sponsor the evening event with the Howard Alumni Association.  

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Join us in the Browsing Room (First floor), Founders Library @ Howard University

Address: 500 Howard Pl NW, Washington, DC 20059

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