Kalpana Narayanan on Literature Panel
|Literature is Alive @ Emory: Lydia Conklin, Kalpana Narayanan, Masande Ntshanga, Claire Vaye WatkinsMONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2016, 7 – 8:30PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME|
LITERATURE IS ALIVE @ EMORY PRESENTS: AN ALL FICTION UNLEASHING FEATURING
LYDIA CONKLIN, KALPANA NARAYANAN, MASANDE NTSHANGA, AND CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS.
Kalpana Narayanan was born in New Delhi and raised in Atlanta. Her work has been published in Granta, Boston Review, The Millions, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of writing fellowships from Yaddo, The Hambidge Center, and The New York Foundation for the Arts.
Masande Ntshanga is the winner of the inaugural PEN International New Voices Award in 2013, and a finalist for the Caine Prize in 2015. He was born in East London in 1986 and graduated with a degree in Film and Media and an Honours degree in English Studies from UCT, where he became a creative writing fellow, completing his Masters in Creative Writing under the Mellon Mays Foundation. He received a Fulbright Award, an NRF Freestanding Masters scholarship, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship and a Bundanon Trust Award. His work has appeared in The White Review, Chimurenga, VICE and n + 1. He has also written forRolling Stone magazine.
Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California in 1984. She was raised in the Mojave Desert, first in Tecopa, California and then across the state line in Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, The Paris Review, One Story, Glimmer Train, Best of the West, Best of the Southwest, The New York Times and many others. A recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, Claire was also one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”
She is the author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
A Guggenheim Fellow, Claire is on the faculty of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.