The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series presents Victoria Brownworth & Lisa R. Nelson

Dear Friends,
Please join us this Thursday, the 13th for The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series.
The featured readers will be Victoria Brownworth and Lisa R. Nelson, hosted by Cassendre Xavier.
Thursday, November 13th
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Free and open to the public.
Mixed-gender open mic included!
Featured readers bios:

Victoria Brownworth is a journalist, writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She’s published nearly 30 books as both author and editor, has been anthologized in over 100 books and received numerous literary and journalism awards. A former full-time investigative reporter (currently doing only occasional investigative reporting due to progressive illness) for a series of daily and weekly newspapers and magazines. She is a regular columnist for SheWired, Curve, the Advocate and The Independent. She is a blogger for Huffington Post. She is a contributing editor for Curve magazine and Lambda Literary Review.

She was the first AIDS columnist for SPIN magazine, the first lesbian columnist in a daily newspaper and the first journalist to write about women and AIDS and pediatric AIDS in the country. She was book critic for the Baltimore Sun for 17 years until the paper filed for bankruptcy in 2008.

Brownworth writes regularly on national, international and local Philadelphia politics for a variety of newspapers and blogs. She teaches writing and film at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and also holds master classes in writing. Most recently Brownworth won the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists award for her four-part investigative series on trans women sex workers in Philadelphia which received national attention. She also won the 2013 Keystone Award.  She has previously won both awards as well as other journalism awards, has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for both investigative reporting and commentary and has won the Lambda Literary Award.

Her most recent book is From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth for which she won the 2012 Moonbeam Award for Cultural and Historical Fiction. The book was also nominated for the Coretta Scott King Award, the Lambda Literary Award and the Book of the Year Award.

In 2010 Brownworth founded Tiny Satchel Press, an independent publisher of young adult books with a focus on books for kids of color and LGBT youth. She also co-founded the mentoring group KITH (Kids in the Hood) for middle-grade students. KITH emphasizes the importance of reading and writing.

Her novel, Ordinary Mayhem will be published at the end of 2014. Her young adult novel, Cutting will be published in fall 2014. Her collection of essays, Erasure, will be published in 2015.

Lisa R. Nelson Nelson is the author of the young adult novel Drifting (2013/Tiny Satchel Press). A graduate of Temple University, Ms. Nelson is a senior staff member at a large non-profit family services agency in Philadelphia where she lives. Her short stories, “Thirteen” and “From Where They Sit” appeared in the anthology From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth. Drifting is Nelson’s first novel. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about black history.
We look forward to seeing you then!


In art and community,

Cassendre Xavier
Founder, Curator & Host of The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002)
Facts that haven’t changed since the beginning: The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series is a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing. Features are from diverse backgrounds, at all levels of accomplishment as writers, and readings include a Mixed-Gender Open Mic! 

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Current address for snail mail submissions: C. Xavier/Women’s Writing Series, 4530 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705.
The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series is a project of Cassendre Xavier Enterprises.
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