The 8th Annual New Voices Festival

April 22–24, 2020

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The 8th annual New Voices Festival will kick off with "The Short Short," seven-minute readings from all seven of our authors, at Buffalo Street Books, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. It will also feature a staged reading of Eureka Day, the latest play from visiting playwright Jonathan Spector, which the New York Times called "the perfect play for our age of disagreement." Check back in the spring for more details about this year's events, including panels and special performances.

The 2020 New Voices

Alexandra Chang's author photo

Alexandra Chang is the author of the novel Days of Distraction, forthcoming March 31, 2020 from Ecco/HarperCollins. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, Catapult, LARB Quarterly Journal, and elsewhere. She graduated from Syracuse University’s MFA program in 2018. Before that, she worked as a staff writer for Cornell University, WIRED, and Macworld, where she covered technology, science, and research. She grew up in San Francisco, Shanghai, and Davis, and currently lives in Ithaca. George Saunders calls Days of Distraction a "startlingly original and deeply moving debut—kaleidoscopic, funny, heart-rending, beautifully observed, and formally daring."

Brendan Mathew's author photo

Brendan Mathews is the author of the short story collection This is Not a Love Song (2019) and the novel The World of Tomorrow (2017), both published by Little, Brown and Co. The World of Tomorrow was named an Honor Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It was also named an Indie Next Great Read and an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Book Review. A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, Brendan’s fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK. He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Born and raised in upstate New York, he received his MFA from the University of Virginia. He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Andre Perry author photo

Andre Perry is an arts advocate and the author of the essay collection Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio on November 12, 2019. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and his work has appeared in The BelieverCatapultGranta and other journals. He co-founded Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival, a celebration of music and literature, as well as the multidisciplinary festival of creative process, Witching Hour. He continues to live and work in Iowa City. Book Riot says, "Perry’s essay collection contains personal, deeply felt ruminations on identity, racism, and belonging."

Author photo of Elizabeth Lindsey Rodgers

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of the poetry collections Chord Box (2013), finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; and The Tilt Torn Away From the Seasons, forthcoming from Acre Books in February 2020. Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Boston Review, and Crazyhorse, among others, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, Best American Travel Writing 2017, The Missouri Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. After receiving her MFA from Cornell University, she taught at Cornell, Kenyon College, Tulane University, the Bard Early College New Orleans, and George Mason University, as well as in community settings. Most recently, she was the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English-Creative Writing at Hendrix College from 2016 to 2019. A contributing editor at The Kenyon Review and a volunteer for the Veterans’ Writing Project, she lives in Washington, D.C. with her wife and baby.

Jonathan Spector author photo

Jonathan Spector is a playwright and theatre-maker based in Oakland, California. His play Eureka Day premiered at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, and won all of the region’s new play awards: Will Glickman Award, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Rella Lossy Award, and Theatre Bay Area Award. Other plays include Good.Better.Best.Bested, In from the Cold, and Siesta Key. Jonathan is a recipient of South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Commission, has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and was a Resident Playwright at Playwrights Foundation. He holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and is the Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning Just Theater, which San Francisco Weekly has called “One of the Bay Area’s best small theaters." An On the Verge staged reading of Eureka Day will be directed by Claire Gleitman at the New Voices Festival.

Nomi Stone smiling in a hat

Nomi Stone is the author of the poetry collections Kill Class (forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019) and Stranger’s Notebook (2008). She earned an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. A former Fulbright scholar in creative writing in Tunisia, she has received poetry fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, and she has won a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review and The Best American Poetry. Most recently, Stone was a postdoctoral research fellow in Anthropology at Princeton University. She now lives in Texas.

Alia Trabucco Zeran author photo

Alia Trabucco Zerán was born in Chile in 1983. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her MFA in Creative Writing at New York University and she holds a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from University College London. La Resta (The Remainder), her debut novel, won the prize for Best Unpublished Literary Work awarded by the Chilean Council for the Arts in 2014, and on publication was chosen by El País as one of its top ten debuts of 2015. In 2019 The Remainder was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. She is also the author of Las homicidas, a non-fiction book about women who kill.