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Friday, October 12 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Grace In Darkness: D.C.’s Women Writers

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D.C.’s Politics and Prose Bookstore runs the “Grace and Gravity” series, a literary journal showcasing vibrant female writers living in the D.C.-area. Grace in Darkness is the eighth volume of this beloved series, edited by Melissa Scholes Young. Young’s website explains that “Her vision for the eighth volume is a platform in which women speak - shout, whisper, bellow, and sing - unapologetically and with a confidence so often stripped from women and girls in a society built from a blueprint with a glass ceiling.” Melissa Scholes Young leads the discussion among five of the twenty-five unstoppable writers featured in this anthology: Carmelinda Blagg, Lisa Couturier, Ariel M. Goldenthal, Wendy Besel Hahn, and Leslie Hsu Oh.

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Carmelinda Blagg

Carmelinda Blagg has published her short fiction in a number of journals, including Halfway Down the Stairs, the anthology Best of the Web 2009, The Lindenwood Review, Barrelhouse and, more recently, The Noctua Review. In 2010, she was the recipient of an Individual Artist Award... Read More →
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Lisa Couturier

Lisa Couturier, author The Hopes of Snakes & Other Tales from the Urban Landscape (Beacon Press), is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner for her essay “Dark Horse,” a contributing editor for Pushcart, and was named a notable essayist in Best American Essays in 2004, 2006, and 2011. Her... Read More →
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Ariel M. Goldenthal

Ariel M. Goldenthal is an assistant professor of English at George Mason University, where she previously received her MFA in creative writing. Her short story, "The Wendy" was included in the Grace in Darkness anthology, and her work has received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer... Read More →
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Wendy Besel Hahn

Wendy Besel Hahn received an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University ('08). She attended Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Creative Nonfiction in 2016. Her work appears in The Washington Post, Sojourner, Redivider, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in... Read More →
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Leslie Hsu Oh

Leslie Hsu Oh is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, whose work has been named among the distinguished stories of the year by Best American Essays. She is a Champion of Change for the White House: AAPI Storytelling and Art program, a Schweitzer Fellow, and the Outdoor Editor for... Read More →
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Melissa Scholes Young

Melissa Scholes Young is the award-winning author of the novel Flood. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and Poets & Writers. She’s a Contributing Editor for Fiction Writers Review and Editor of Grace in Darkness: D.C... Read More →