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This month’s featured writers are Melissa Scholes Young (Flood), Paula Bomer (Mystery and Mortality: Essays on the Sad, Short Gift of Life) and Temim Fruchter (Body Split:  I Wanted Just to Be Soft).

Flood is a sparkling debut set in Mark Twain's boyhood town – a story of what it means to be lost . . . and found.

Melissa Scholes Young grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's beloved​ boyhood home. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Ploughshares, Narrative, Poets & Writers, Huffington Post, Poet Lore, and other literary journals.  She is a Contributing Editor for Fiction Writers Review. In 2015, she was named a Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellow. She teaches College Writing and Creative Writing at American University, Washington, D.C., and lives in Maryland with her husband, kids, and a chocolate labrador named Huckleberry Finn.


Mystery and Mortality is a collection of essays about literature. Paula Bomer focuses on the hardest things in life that inspire great writing, like the pain of loss in death, loss in love, loss in memory.

Paula Bomer is the author of the collection, Inside Madeleine, and the acclaimed novel Nine Months. Her collection, Baby and Other Stories received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. She is also the publisher of Sententia Books and edits Sententia: The Literary Journal.


Body Split: I Wanted Just to be Soft is a small book that searches the abstract reaches of language in order to name the corporeal and ethereal multiverses of a human body. A book of limbs, prose poems, questions and incantations.

Temim Fruchter is an essayist and fiction writer who lives in Washington, D.C. She is co-founder of the Mount Pleasant Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in [PANK], Tupelo Quarterly, The Washington City Paper, New South, JMWW, The Account and The Tishman Review, among others.






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Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 7:30pm


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