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At 6:30pm on Thursday, September 27, poet and editor Nii Ayikwei
Parkes will host readings from and a discussion of x-24:
unclassified
. Readings by three
writers will explore and reaffirm the place of poetic
metaphor in fiction, and Parkes, Cal State LA's 2007 British Council Poet
in Residence, will give a brief introductory talk on the
subject. The event will be held in the John F. Kennedy
Library Conference Room B530. Click
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JFK Library at Cal State LA.

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x-24: unclassified

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about the participants

This event is sponsored by the Center for
Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
, the Department of
English and the College of Arts and Letters, and is open to faculty, students, staff,
and the general public.

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

About the Collection

x-24: unclassified (ISBN-13:
978-0954157012, March 2007) is
an anthology showcasing some
of the finest emerging writers in the world from
Ecuador, Morocco, Peru, Ghana, UK, Nigeria and the US.
The collection is edited by  Tash Aw (Whitbread
Prize winning author of The Harmony Silk Factory)
and Nii Ayikwei Parkes (co-founder of the Tell
Tales
short story initiative)
under flipped eye publishing limited's recently acquired
lubin & kleyner imprint.

A review of a recent reading: http://www.theshortstory.org.uk/features/index.php4?features_id=19

Whether it's an organic seed
distributor entrapping an errant lover with a replica
pre-Columbian Aztec artefact bought in Chicago, or a
blind beggar scrambling for change at a South American
crossroads, the fifteen stories in the anthology bubble
with range and urgency. The writers, Niki Aguirre,
Daniel Alarcón (Whiting Award winner), Naomi
Alderman (Orange Award winner), Mohammed Naseehu
Ali, Sefi Atta (Caine Prize Shortlist), Julia
Bell, Gaylene Gould, Peter Hobbs (Whitbread Prize
Shortlist & Betty Trask Award), Mecca Jamilah
Sullivan, Jennifer Kabat, Laila Lalami (Caine
Prize Shortlist), Ken Nash, Claire Sharland, t.
tara turk, and Clare Wigfall may be at different
stages of their careers, but they share a key trait –
they are absolutely compelling story tellers. (editorial
description of the book)

"This
is a rare anthology that is as much a celebration of new
literary talent as it is of the range and
internationalism of contemporary English
literature." – Hisham Matar, author of Booker-shortlisted In the Country of
Men.

About the Participants

Niki Aguirre was born in the US and has lived in
Chicago, Ecuador, Cadiz and London. She studied English
Literature at The University of Illinois and graduated
with an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. Some of
Niki's main literary heroes are are Pablo Neruda, Octavio
Paz, Ginsburg, Anne Sexton, W.H Auden and T.S Eliot and
their influence is obvious in the intense lyricism of her
prose. She is currently working on a collection of short
stories, 29 Ways to Drown, to be published in late 2007.

Image of Niki Aguirre

 

Image of Jen Kabat

Jennifer Kabat lives between London and rural upstate New
York where she is just completing her first collection of
stories, They Mimic Our Greater Selves. She writes
about art, architecture and design and has contributed to
the Guardian, Wired, Metropolis, Wallpaper and New
York Magazine
. She's also served as an editor at The
Face, Arena and the American design magazine ID. In 2003 she
received an MA in creative writing from the University of
East Anglia.

 

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She earned
her B.A. in English from Universite Mohammed V in Rabat,
her M.A. from University College, London, and her Ph.D. in
linguistics from the University of Southern California.
The metaphoric strength of her stories is inspired in part
by her love for the work of poets such as Abdellatif Laabi,
Pablo Neruda, and Mahmoud Darwish. Her work has appeared
in The Boston Globe , The Los Angeles Times,
The Nation, The New York Times, The
Washington Post
and elsewhere. She is the recipient of
an Oregon Literary Arts grant and a Fulbright Fellowship.
Her debut book of fiction, Hope and Other Dangerous
Pursuits
, was published in the fall of 2005 and has
since been translated into five languages. She was
shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in
2006. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at
the University of California Riverside.

Image of Laila Lalami

 

Image of Nii Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer and editor based in
London. He is known mainly as a poet and is the author of
three chapbook, but he has also had short stories published
from Ghana to Canada, and he was co-founder with Courttia
Newland of the Tell Tales short story initiative. Nii is the
senior editor at flipped eye publishing limited.

 

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