Writers Series Hosts Author Fajardo-Anstine
St. Lawrence University’s annual Writers Series will continue its 2019-20 season with author Kali Fajardo-Anstine at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in Sykes Common Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Fajardo-Anstine’s debut short story collection, Sabrina & Corina, was published in April of 2019 from One World/Random House; a historical novel will soon follow. Her fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Fajardo-Anstine has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she has an MFA from the University of Wyoming.
In advance praise for the debut story collection, Sandra Cisneros writes: “Here are stories that blaze like wildfires, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart, believable in everything they said and did. How tragic that American letters hasn’t met these women of the West before, women who were here before America was America. And how tragic that these working-class women haven’t seen themselves in the pages of American lit before. Thank you for honoring their lives, Kali. I welcome them and you.”
Ann Beatty writes: “Kali Fajardo-Anstine writes about hard truths in women’s lives so knowingly, and with such a deft touch, I felt hyper-alert, as well as implicated and imperiled. The book is about belief, coping, yearning, and proceeding in spite of adversity (that is, the times we stay alive). The final act of the first story tells us everything we need to know about what territory we’ll be entering: in these achingly convincing stories, the writer is writing delicately, symbolically, about mortality, itself.”
The Writer Series is sponsored by St. Lawrence University’s Department of English and directed by Professor Natalia Singer. For more information, please contact the English department at 315-229-5125.