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11th Annual Writers' Festival




Angela Morales
Angela Morales

Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Rowan Phillips

Sofia Samatar
Sofia Samatar

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, Arts and Letters, The Baltimore Review, The Pinch, Hobart, River Teeth, Under the Sun, and Puerto del Sol, and The Indianola Review. She is the winner of the River Teeth Book Prize, 2014, and is a MacDowell Fellow.  Her book is the 2017 winner of the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
Currently she teaches composition and creative writing at Glendale Community College and is working on her second collection of essays. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband Patrick and their two children, Mira and Leo.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is recipient of a 2015 Guggenhiem Fellowship. He is the author of Heaven, which was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award, and The Ground: Poems, for which he received a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award, the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Granta, and many other publications, and he has written about soccer and basketball for The Paris Review. The author of the influential critical volume When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, Philips is also the translator of Salvador Espriu’s story collection Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth as well as numerous other works from Catalan, Spanish, and Italian. 

Sofia Samatar is a Somali American educator, poet and writer. She is an Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University, and serves as a nonfiction and poetry editor for Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts. In 2013, she published the award-winning fantasy novel A Stranger in Olondria.  Samatar has received various awards and recognition for her fiction and poetry. Her short story “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” was a finalist for both the 2014 Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Short Story, as well as the British Science Fiction Association Award and the World Fantasy Award. In 2014, Samatar won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award) for her book A Stranger in Olondria.

Public Events

Event schedule: TBD

The Annual Spring Writers' Festival is held in conjunction with the Evanston Literary Festival.

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