Athena Dixon and Leslie Taylor Grover in Conversation

Our Small Press Author Reading Series is rolling out slowly this year, but it’s rolling. For 2022, we are recording these readings, so that you might watch and study them at your leisure. In each one, you’ll enjoy a wonderful excerpt or two from each author’s newest book, learn a little about the craft of storytelling — no matter the genre, and consider the human experience through the eyes of poets, short story authors, novelists, and memoirists.

ATHENA DIXON is a poet and essayist born and raised in NE Ohio. She is the author of the chapbook No God in This Room (Argus House Press, 2018) and a debut collection of personal essays titled The Incredible Shrinking Woman (Split/Lip Press, 2020). Her work also appears in The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018) and Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction (Hippocampus Books, 2021). Additionally, her poetry and essays have appeared in GAY Magazine, Grub Street, Narratively, Shenandoah, and So to Speak Journal among others. She is a recipient of a fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and a 2nd Book residency from Tin House. She resides in Philadelphia.

“Leslie T. Grover combines an enslaved woman’s fierce and tender narrative with her own spare poetry to paint a portrait of how white women have betrayed our Black sisters since slavery. The Benefits of Eating White Folks illuminates how the patriarchy wants us to eat each other alive, and urges us to grasp above, below, around and through it for love, humanity, and dignity. A Southern Gothic for the 21st century.” —Liz Prato, author of Kids in America: Essays on Gen X, forthcoming June 2022

Stay tuned for our next Small Press Author Reading with ROCHELLE MELANDER (Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing) and Ann Dallman (Cady and the Bear Necklace).

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