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2022 Festival

April 27–29, 2022

10th Anniversary Festival

Our first in-person festival in three years was a resounding success! Thank you to our amazing authors and students for making it such a rich rebound. Read about the New Voices authors and see the full schedule of events below. If you missed anything, check out our YouTube page for videos of the readings, panels, and creative performance.

Mona Awad

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Mona Awad is the author of Bunny, named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Vogue, and the New York Public Library. It was a finalist for the New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award. It is currently in development for film with Jenni Konner and New Regency Productions. Awad's first novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, TIME, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction in the Creative Writing program at Syracuse University. Her new novel, All’s Well, has been named a best or most anticipated book of summer by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads and many more.

Liza Birkenmeier

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Liza Birkenmeier is a recent alum of the Play Group at Ars Nova. Her work has been developed at Dixon Place, University Settlement, Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, CATCH, City Theatre, NYSAF and elsewhere. She is the author of Dr. Ride's American Beach House, which premiered at Ars Nova in 2019. Her newest collaboration with director Katie Brook, Islander, premiered at NYTW Next Door. She is a MacDowell Colony and Yaddo Fellow and received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon. Liza Birkenmeier was Ars Nova’s 2019-20 Tow Playwright-in-Residence. Dr. Ride's American Beach House will be staged at the Cherry Artspace, directed by Ithaca College alumna Lucy Gram, as part of On the Verge on April 29, 2022.

Alexandra Kleeman

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Alexandra Kleeman is the author of Intimations, a short story collection, and the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, which was awarded the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Her latest novel, Something New Under the Sun, was published by Hogarth Press in 2021. In 2020, she was awarded the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, VOGUE, and other publications. Born in 1986 in Berkeley, California, she was raised in Colorado and lives in Staten Island with her husband, the writer Alex Gilvarry. She is an Assistant Professor at the New School.

Gina Nutt

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Gina Nutt is the author of the essay collection Night Rooms (Two Dollar Radio), as well as the poetry collection Wilderness Champion and two chapbooks—Here Is My Adventure I Call it Alone and Ars Herzogica (dancing girl press). Her writing has appeared in online and print journals, including Cosmonauts Avenue, Joyland, Ninth Letter, and Salt Hill. Poems have appeared on Verse Daily and in the Best of the Net Anthology. Gina graduated from Syracuse University’s MFA program in Creative Writing, where she met her husband, the fiction writer David Nutt.

Lauren Oyler

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Lauren Oyler's essays on books and culture have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, Harper’s, the Guardian, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Bookforum, the Baffler, the New Republic, and elsewhere. From 2015 to 2017, she was an editor at Broadly, the women’s site at Vice. Before that, she was a freelance copy editor, among other things, in Berlin. She co-wrote two books with Alyssa Mastromonaco and has ghostwritten for other people as well. Her debut novel Fake Accounts was published in 2021.

Maya Phillips

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Maya Phillips was born and raised in New York. She received her BFA in writing, literature, and publishing with a concentration in poetry from Emerson College and her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literary Review, The Baffler, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Rumpus, Vinyl, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and her arts & entertainment journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vulture, Slate, American Theatre, and more. She is the author of the poetry collection Erou (Four Way Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and winner of the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize and 2020 Poetry by the Sea book award. She is the recipient of a Hodder Grant from Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Her second book, NERD: Adventures in Fandom From This Universe to the Multiverse, is forthcoming in summer 2022 by Atria Books. Maya was the inaugural arts critic fellow at The New York Times and is now a full-time critic at the Times, where she writes about theater, movies, TV, books, and nerd culture. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jenn Shapland

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Jenn Shapland is a writer and archivist living in New Mexico. Her first book, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and the Southern Book Prize, and won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award. She has a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where her dissertation, Narrative Salvage, focused on wastescapes in contemporary literature. She currently works as an archivist for a visual artist. Her second book, Thin Skin, will be published by Pantheon Books. Her essays have appeared in New England Review, the New York TimesOutsideGuernica, and Tin House. Her research and writing have been supported by residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, and Vermont Studio Center and by fellowships from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Howard Foundation.