Attend a special reading event by an Artist Peer Circle of the Queens Council on the Arts, inspired by the story of Lewis H. Latimer House. Four writers based in Queens―and with roots in China, Croatia, Kosovo, South Africa, Taiwan, and other parts of the Americas―find, lose, and make their way home through fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Free to the public. Location: Lewis Latimer House Museum
Readers: Artrit Bytyci, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Kapphahn, and Doreen Wang
Facilitator: Tim Fredrick.
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Artist Peer Circles are organized by the Queens Council of the Arts to nurture Queens-based artists in gathering, growing, building partnerships, and becoming leaders in their fields. With a trained facilitator, artists meet in small groups over the course of 9-months to develop alliances and act as resources for each other in developing their craft, careers, and lives as artists.
ABOUT THE READERS
Doreen Wang is a cisgender, queer Taiwanese American writer from Queens, New York. She writes poetry and creative nonfiction, among other genres, to contribute to the abundance and diversity of truths in our mysterious, complex world. She is a Kundiman fellow and her work most recently appears or is forthcoming in Angel’s Flight: Literary West, Newtown Literary, and Boundaries & Borders: A Women of Color Anthology. Doreen has a background in labor organizing, museum education and exhibitions, and searching for the Chinese diaspora in Latin America. By day, she is also an office worker learning from and supporting China’s environmental movement.
Artrit Bytyçi is from Kosovo. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, and has a background in biological sciences. He tries to approach art with an experimenter’s curiosity, and to think about science with artist’s playfulness. To date, all such attempts have given inconclusive results. Nevertheless, the experiments continue in the many places that Artrit calls home: Prishtina, Prizren, Tivar, Tirana, and New York City.
Catherine Kapphahn’s writing has appeared in The Prague Revue, Astoria Magazine, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, Ars Medica: a Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanity, Wanderlust Review, CURE Magazine, and Sunday Salon. She is the recipient of a 2011 Individual Artist Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. For her manuscript Stories You Never Told Me, she received the 2016 Christopher Doheny Award from Audible.com and The Center for Fiction. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University and B.A. from Hunter College. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. She has developed a courses like Cultivating Wonder: The Art of Noticing, and Writing the Mind and Body: Translating the Physical Experience, which look deeply at the language of movement and sensation, curiosity and wonder, pain and resilience. As a yoga teacher, she values the community of a class and enjoys helping her students play energetically with the shapes and the lines of poses. Her dance background allows her to see yoga as an art form, a place to experience movement, rediscover play and lift the spirit. She grew up in Colorado and now lives in Astoria, Queens with her husband and two sons.
Malcolm Chang was born and raised in South Africa to second generation Chinese immigrants, but emigrated 26 years ago and has lived in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles. He moved to New York in 2012 and currently resides in Jackson Heights, Queens. He is married and has two children, both in their 20’s. Malcolm has practiced law in South Africa and the in the USA. After moving to New York, Malcolm retired from the practice of law and started Woza - a business making and selling traditional South African food, drinks, sauces and condiments, and occasionally catering as well. Malcolm has also indulged his passion for writing and is currently working on a coming of age memoir, as well as a novel about Dimitrios Tsafendas, the man who assassinated South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd in 1966. One of his first stories “The Cruelty of Children” was published in the Newtown Literary Journal and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Tim Fredrick is a short story writer and author of the collection We Regret to Inform You. His stories have been published in Pic Magazine, Burningword, Em Dash Literary Magazine, Wilde, and Circa. He is also the founding editor of Netown Literary a journal dedicated to publishing the work of Queens writers and poets.