QCA’s LAB program presents a literary reading by writers who participated in QCA’s 2016-2017 Artist Peer Circle Program. The reading will include works-in-progress by Malcolm Chang, Becky Band Jain, and Catherine Kapphahn. The writers will be introduced to Tim Fredrick, their Artist Peer Circle facilitator and founding editor of the Newtown Literary Journal. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide the writers feedback on their work and ask questions about their creative processes.

Friday, May 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101

Admission: $10


Catherine Kapphahn’s writing has received a 2017 and 2011 Grants from the Queens Council on the Arts. For her manuscript Stories You Never Told Me, she received the Christopher Doheny Award from Audible.com and The Center for Fiction. Her 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. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. Catherine also teaches yoga. She grew up near the mountains in Colorado and now lives near two bridges in 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.

Becky Band Jain is a communications strategist consultant with the United Nations and completed her MFA in creative nonfiction at The New School in 2016. She has recently won a bronze award in the Travelers' Tales Solas Awards for best travel writing and has been published in Newtown Literary. She is writing a memoir about her experiences living abroad in India, the UK and France. She has a Master’s in Gender, Development, and Globalization from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s from Wesleyan University. She resides in Queens, New York with her husband.