Carmen Maria Machado, author of the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, will read from her work on March 18 as part of the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series at Wilkes University. The reading, hosted by the Wilkes English Department, will be at 7 p.m. in the Salon of Kirby Hall, 202 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Machado also will conduct a workshop with Wilkes students that day. The event is free and open to the public.
Nominated for the National Book Award, The New York Times called Machado’s collection “a love letter to an obstinate genre that won’t be gentrified. It’s a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi, and borrowing from science fiction, queer theory and horror.”
The book won the Bard Fiction Prize, the Shirley Jackson Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Richard Yates Short Story Prize, among others. Her memoir, In The Dream House, will be released in fall 2019 by Greywolf Press. Machado earned the Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.