JULY: Mari Christmas, Fiction

july-2016-air-web-posterMari Christmas is writer-in-residence for the month of July at Surel’s Place. A Ph. D. student in English at the University of Albany (SUNY), Christmas holds her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. Her work “often involves characters that must learn to navigate and come to terms with strange yet recognizable worlds.” Brian Evenson of Black Warrior Review described Christmas’ contest-winning story Baby this way: “Baby manages to mesh the otherworldly with the day-to-day in a way that feels at once natural and uncanny. ”Christmas’ fiction work is influenced by the writings of Amy Hempel, Tama Janowitz, Etgar Keret, Sylvia Plath, Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, and Grace Paley. Her interests include French Feminist Theory, Japanese aesthetics, and the subversive power of humor. Her current work centers around the lives of women.

Christmas has published works in The Canary Press, Paragraphiti, and Black Warrior Review.  She is co-editor of Barzakh Magazine, Flash Fiction Editor at Paragraphiti, and has worked previously for FENCE. She is the recipient of the Black Warrior Review Fiction Prize, the Eugene Garber Fiction Prize, and the Barlow Family Initiatives for Women Award, and a finalist for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) Margins Fellowship.



Saturday, July 16 | 1:00-3:00pm

$10.00 registration fee | limited to 10 participants
registration required  | All ages and abilities
scholarships are available: info@surelsplace.org

For beginning to intermediate writers, this workshop draws on principles of Wabi-Sabi—the aesthetic practice within the Zen philosophical tradition that esteems simplicity, solitude, and the hidden. Focused on the exercise of restraint or learning what to leave out, the exercises in this workshop help navigate the tricky space where sentiment can turn into sentimentality, or false feeling.

Friday, July 29
Doors 6:30 | Reading 7:00pm | until 8:30pm

A reading and reception featuring a reading from Coyote, the work of Ms. Christmas’s residency.

All events are at Surel’s Place, unless otherwise noted.