How We learn, Shapes Who We Are

Four Queens Writers meditate on the forces of culture, immigration and childhood that shaped their identities and their relationship with the world. The reading will be followed by a Q&A.


Catherine Kapphahn

Catherine Kapphahn’s writing has received two grants from the Queens Council on the Arts. For her manuscript, Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me, she received the Christopher Doheny Award from Audible.com and The Center for Fiction. It was also short listed for a Del Sol Press Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Prague Revue, Astoria Magazine, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, CURE Magazine, and SalonZine. 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. Catherine also is a yoga teacher. She grew up in near the mountains in Colorado and now lives between two bridges in Queens, New York with her husband and two sons.


Nita Noveno

Nita Noveno teaches Composition and Literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is the founder/co-host of Sunday Salon, a monthly prose reading series that marked its fifteenth year in NYC in June 2017. She is also the founder and editor of the online SalonZine. A graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program, Nita has been published in KweliThe MacGuffin, Ducts.org, the Best Of Ducts Anthology, and most recently RESIST MUCH / OBEY LITTLE – Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. As a child, Nita dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and an Olympic figure skater. Today she is a writer of fragments and run-on sentences. Originally from Southeast Alaska, she calls Astoria, NY home.


Malcolm Chang

Malcolm was born in South Africa to second generation Chinese immigrants 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 a lawyer and a food entrepreneur. He is the Blog Editor of Newtown Literary, and is also a board member on the Newtown Literary Alliance.

Malcolm 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 was published in the Newtown Literary Journal and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Rene Vasicek

René Georg Vasicek, the son of Czech defectors, was born in Austria in 1969. He grew up in the pine barrens of Long Island and has lived in New York City since 1995. His writing has appeared in Barrelhouse, Camera Obscura, Gargoyle, Mid-American Review, Nowhere, Post Road, The Prague Revue, Uncanny Valley, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. René lives in Astoria, Queens, with his wife and two sons.


This event will be moderated by: Tim Fredrick

Tim Fredrick is a fiction writer, freelance editor, teacher, and the author of the short story collection We Regret to Inform You, which IndieReader called “captivating.” His work has been published in Pif Magazine, Burningword, and Wilde Magazine among others. He’s been featured on NY1, New York Daily News, DNAinfo, and various Queens newspapers. He is the founding editor and executive director of Newtown Literary, a literary nonprofit and semiannual literary journal focused on supporting writers and the literary arts in Queens. For more information, visit timfredrick.com.


This reading is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City