A panel featuring four incredible, diverse Grove voices: cultural critic, essayist, and novelist, Roxane Gay; poet and novelist Pablo Medina; IMPAC award winner Michael Thomas. Together, these authors will discuss their writing processes and read from new and/or forthcoming work. The conversation will be moderated by author, literary critic, and former Grantaeditor, John Freeman.
John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. He won the 2007 James Patterson Pageturner Award for his work as the president of the National Book Critics Circle and has also been the editor of Granta.
Roxane Gay is the author of three books: Ayiti, An Untamed State, and Bad Feminist. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, and New York TImes Book Review. She is the co-editor of [PANK] and teaches at Purdue University.
Pablo Medina is the author of fourteen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation, among them the critically acclaimed novel Cubop City Blues and, with Mark Statman, an English version of Lorca's Poet in New York. A recipient of numerous awards, he teaches at Emerson College.
Michael Thomas received his BA from Hunter College and his MFA from Warren Wilson College. Man Gone Down, his first novel, won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was one of The New York Times Book Review's "Ten Best Books of the Year." He teaches at Hunter College.