NOTE: The Lions In Winter Literary Festival includes a keynote address, featured writer presentations, and Saturday workshops on various topics. The keynote address and featured presentations listed here are free and open to the public. The Saturday workshops require registration and a fee for participation. Find out more at www.lionsinwinter.org
Stephen Graham Jones
Friday, January 30 • 7 p.m.
Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 10 novels, two collections, one novella and countless short stories. Stephen has been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction. He’s also been a Texas Writers League Fellow and an NEA fellow in fiction. His short fiction has been in Cemetery Dance, Asimov’s, Weird Tales, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, as well as Open City, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and many others. He received his PhD from Florida State University.
SATURDAY FEATURED WRITERS - UPDATED January 30
EDWARD KELSEY MOORE, JULIA ŠUKYS & DAVID TOMAS MARTINEZ
Saturday, January 31 • 7 p.m.
Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2013. The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat was awarded the 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. The Supremes was also named a 2014 Illinois Reads book by the Illinois Reading Council. Edward’s essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, African American Review and Inkwell. His short story Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix was selected as an audience favorite on Chicago Public Radio’s Stories on Stage series. In addition to his writing, Edward maintains a career as a professional cellist, performing with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Edward lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner of many years. He is currently at work on his second novel. More at edwardkelseymoore.com.
Julija Šukys is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is the author of two books of nonfiction, Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout (Nebraska, 2007) and Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Oa Šimaitė (Nebraska, 2012). Epistolophilia was shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction, long-listed for the Charles Taylor Award in Literary Nonfiction and won the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature.
David Tomas Martinez’s work has been published or is forth coming in Poetry Magazine, Plough Shares, Oxford American, Forklift, Ohio, Poetry International, Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, Poetry Daily, Split This Rock, RHINO, Ampersand Review, Caldera Review, Verse Junkies, California Journal of Poetics, Toe Good, and others. DTM has been featured or written about in Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, NPR’s All Things Considered, NBC Latino, Buzzfeed, Houstonia Magazine, Houston Art & Culture, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Bull City Press, and Border Voices. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing program, with an emphasis in Poetry. Martinez received his MFA from San Diego State University, and he is also the Reviews and Interviews Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and a Breadloaf and CantoMundo Fellow. His debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books, which won honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize. More at http://davidtomasmartinez.com
NEW to Lions in Winter 2015, Story Hour and Workshop with a Children’s Book Author
Children’s author Jessica Young grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Jessica’s award-winning debut picture book, My Blue is Happy (2013, Candlewick Press/Walker UK) was included on the 2014 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, the Texas Library Association’s 2014 2×2 Reading List, the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets 2013, the Library of Congress/Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list and many other lists. Her next picture book, Spy Guy, will be published in May of 2015 by Harcourt Children’s Books. Her first chapter book series, Finley Flowers, for readers ages 6-9, will be published in January by Capstone Kids. She will be providing a story hour for children on Saturday morning of Lions In Winter 2015.