Novelist Lucy Tan (What We Were Promised) and poet Stephen Hitchcock will read from their work. Refreshments will be provided. This event will be free and open to the public.
Lucy Tan grew up in New Jersey and has spent much of her adult life in New York and Shanghai. She received her BA from New York University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the 2016 August Derleth Prize. Her fiction has been published in journals such as Asia Literary Review and Ploughshares, where she was winner of the 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest. Her debut novel, What We Were Promised, is set in modern Shanghai and tells the story of a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises.
Stephen Hitchcock serves as the executive director of The Haven, a low-barrier day shelter and housing resource center in downtown Charlottesville, VA. He is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Ruminate, Geez Magazine, and Post Road.