Strange Theater: A Menagerie of Fabulists – AWP Offsite Reading

  • March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • 5 Star Dive Bar
Free Entry

Join us for a lively reading by writers who call the weird, magical, and surreal their stomping grounds. Some magical intermission events will be had (a raffle of signed books, monstrous ephemera) and books will also be available for purchase. Free event swag and favors. #AWP18

The pod:

– Anne Valente:
Anne Valente is the author of the recent novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, and the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names. Her second novel, Utah, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2019. Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives in upstate New York where she teaches creative writing and literature at Hamilton College.

– Daniel Hoyt:
Daniel A. Hoyt’s books are This Book Is Not for You and Then We Saw the Flames. His recent work has appeared in The Sun, The Iowa Review, and other literary magazines. Dan teaches at Kansas State University.

– Adrienne Celt:
Adrienne Celt is the author of two novels: The Daughters, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction, and Invitation to a Bonfire, which will be published in June 2018, as well as a collection of comics called Apocalypse How? An Existential Bestiary. Her short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, The Kenyon Review, Esquire, Prairie Schooner, Zyzzyva, and many other places. She publishes a webcomic (most) every Wednesday at, and lives in Tucson, AZ.

– Sequoia Nagamatsu:
Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews’ Indies Book of the Year Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, Electric Literature, The Fairy Tale Review, Black Warrior Review, and others. He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose, and teaches at St. Olaf College and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. He is currently working on a second story collection and a novel.

– Tessa Mellas:
Tessa Mellas received the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection Lungs Full of Noise. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She teaches writing at the University of Maine at Machias, a college so far east it is the first in the nation each morning to see the sun. Figure skater, vermicomposter, vegan and tender of a fierce feline twosome, she relates to soil and snow.

– Jason Teal:
Jason Teal is a specter now living in the Little Apple of Kansas. He currently runs Heavy Feather Review and organizes Driptroch Community Performance Series with Arrow Coffee Co. Work appears in Knee-Jerk, Vestal Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Matter Press, Hobart, and Quarterly West, among other publications.

– Dana Diehl:
Dana Diehl is the author of OUR DREAMS MIGHT ALIGN (2016). The re-release, slightly expanded edition of OUR DREAMS is forthcoming from Splice UK in April 2018. Dana earned her MFA in Fiction at Arizona State University, where she served as editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. She has taught fiction at ASU, the Arizona State Prison in Florence, and the National University of Singapore. Her work has appeared in North American Review, Necessary Fiction, Passages North, and elsewhere. She currently lives and teaches in Tucson.

– Melissa Goodrich:
Melissa Goodrich grew up in a dome on a hill in Minnesota. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona. Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review Online, Passages North, PANK, and others, and she is the author of the collection Daughters of Monsters. Find her at and (mostly retweeting) @good_rib.

– Anca Szilagyi:
Anca L. Szilágyi is the author DAUGHTERS OF THE AIR (Lanternfish Press, 2017), which The Seattle Review of Books called “a product of alchemy, a creation of unearthly talents.” Her work appears in Lilith Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Fairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Brooklyn, she currently lives in Seattle where she teaches at Hugo House and online in Southern New Hampshire University’s MA program in English and Creative Writing. Find her at