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The Ivy is pleased to welcome Steven Leyva and Adam Schwartz for readings from their new books, available now from Washington Writers' Publishing House. This event will take place on Zoom.
About The Understudy's Handbook:
Drawing heat and music (and luscious food) from a New Orleans and Houston childhood, Steven Leyva's poetry reveals a sensibility forged by a growing awareness of race and class: child's joy and bafflement, a black Baltimore father's worry. These gorgeous poems sweep the reader as into a parade, of memory, sensation, rhythm, protest.
Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, Vinyl, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.
About The Rest of the World:
The heroes in this acclaimed story collection are kids coming of age in a Baltimore that owes them better. They are studies of characters in crisis-delivered by a writer whose empathies illuminate the longings of teens and young adults forced to navigate complex moral choices. These characters betray one another, seek redemption, rescue loved ones, plot hustles, and refuse to give up on themselves-or each other
Adam Schwartz’s debut collection of stories, The Rest of the World, won the Washington Writers' Publishing House 2020 prize for fiction and will be published on October 15, 2020. His stories have won prizes sponsored by Poets & Writers, Philadelphia Stories, and Baltimore City Paper and appeared in numerous literary journals. He has stories forthcoming in Raritan and Gargoyle. His non-fiction has appeared in the Sewanee Review, Baltimore Sun, New York Daily News and other publications. He has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. For twenty-two years, he has taught high school in Baltimore.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:30pm