(LENOX, Mass.) – Novelist and Guggenheim fellow Sue Miller, Fulbright scholar and writer Patricia Park, and n+1 editor-in-chief and debut novelist Dayna Tortorici will discuss their past and present work, their careers, and their experience writing in the home of Edith Wharton in a virtual conversation from The Mount on Thursday, July 30, at 4pm. Author Elissa Altman will moderate the discussion, which will be streamed via Zoom.
The Mount’s three 2020 writers-in-residence will also touch on the legacy of Edith Wharton and her continuing influence on women writers.
Sue Miller has written a collection of short stories, a memoir about her father and his death, and ten novels, including While I Was Gone, The Good Mother, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Senator’s Wife. Her latest, Monogamy, will come out in 2020. Her work has been widely translated and published. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Yaddo residency, the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library, the Kate Chopin Prize, and she has been short-listed for a National Book Critics Circle Award and long-listed for The Orange Prize. At The Mount, Miller will begin her next writing project
Patricia Park is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at American University, a Fulbright scholar in Creative Arts, a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, and author of the acclaimed debut novel, Re Jane (Penguin). A Korean-American reimagining of Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Re Jane was named Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review; Best Books of 2015 by American Library Association; NPR’s “Fresh Air” pick; among others. Park’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, Salon, and others. At The Mount, she will work on revising her next novel, El Chino, which explores the lives of Koreans in Argentina during the Dirty War.
Dayna Tortorici is a writer and co-editor-in-chief of the literary magazine n+1 founded in New York City in 2004. Malcolm Gladwell calls n+1 “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books. It is rigorous, curious, and provocative.” Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, as well as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. At The Mount, she will continue to work on her first novel.
Elissa Altman is the author of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name, and Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tin House, The Rumpus, LitHub, Saveur, and The Washington Post, where her column, Feeding My Mother, ran for a year. Her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing six times. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Altman has taught the craft of memoir at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Loft Literary Center, 1440 Multiversity, and she has appeared live on stage at TEDx and The Public, on Heritage Radio, and on NPR. She lives in Connecticut.