Back by popular demand, Thurber House presents a Summer Picnic highlighting emerging authors of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. All three authors have been published, and all three are Ohio connected. Each author will read from her works individually. Carla Buckley has worked in a variety of jobs, including a stint as an assistant press secretary to a U.S. senator and as an analyst with the Smithsonian Institute. She will read from her debut novel, The Things that Keep Us Here. With the city of Columbus as a backdrop, this is a chilling look at what could happen when a virulent pandemic makes a terrible leap across the ocean to America’s heartland, and how one family struggles to survive in the face of mounting uncertainty. Sarah Gridley is the author of two books of poetry: Weather Eye Open and Green is the Orator. Her poems have appeared in various print and online journals, including Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Kenyon Review Online, New American Poetry and Slope. She is a recipient of an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. She is an assistant professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. Paula McLain received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, and has since been a resident at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and has received fellowships from both the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to two books of poetry and a novel, McLain is the author of the memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, a searing portrait of three young sisters who are abandoned by their parents and raised as wards of the Fresno County, California court. She teaches at John Carroll University. (thurberhouse)
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