March 18: Danielle Lazarin & Jessie Chaffee in conversation

Word Up is proud to present Danielle Lazarin and Jessie Chaffee—two authors, native New Yorkers, and longtime friends to Word Up—whose debut fiction explores the complex lives of women and girls.

Danielle Lazarin’s debut story collection, Back Talk, is peopled with women and girls defiantly pushing the boundaries between selfishness and self-possession. With a fresh voice and bold honesty, Back Talk examines how narrowly our culture allows women to express their desires.

Danielle Lazarin has won grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Glimmer Train Family Matters Award, and Hopwood Awards. She is a graduate of the writing programs of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She lives in Inwood with her husband and daughters.

In Jessie Chaffee’s novel Florence in Ecstasy, a young American woman arrives in Florence from Boston, knowing no one and speaking little Italian. But Hannah is isolated in a more profound way, estranged from her own identity after a bout with starvation that has left her life and body in ruins. She is determined to recover in Florence, a city saturated with beauty, vitality, and food―as well as a dangerous history of sainthood for women who starved themselves for God.

Jessie Chaffee was awarded a Fulbright Grant to complete Florence in Ecstasy and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Slice, Bluestem, Global City Review, and The Sigh Press, among other places. She received her MFA from the City College of New York, and she lives in New York City, where she is an editor at Words Without Borders.

Authors Danielle Lazarin & Jessie Chaffee in conversation
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

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