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Friday, June 27, 2014 - 16:00 to 18:00

Samantha Chang, Fiction

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of two novels - All Is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost and Inheritance, as well as a story collection, Hunger. Hunger was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Inheritance won the PEN/Beyond Margins Prize for the Novel. Samantha is the recipient of writing fellowships from Princeton University, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundations, and has been a frequent Writer-In-Residence at the Napa Valley, Bread Loaf, and Sarah Lawrence Writing Workshops. Her fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Best American Short Stories.  She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa and Director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Eric Freeze, Nonfiction

An alumnus of the 2010 Paris Writers’ Workshop in creative nonfiction, Dr. Eric Freeze is author of two books, Dominant Traits (Dufour 2012) and Hemingway on a Bike (University of Nebraska Press 2014).  He has published short stories, translations, and essays in numerous periodicals including Harvard Review, The Southern Review, and Boston Review.  He is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts award and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award.  A native of Alberta, Canada, Eric Freeze now teaches creative writing at Wabash College and Nice, France.


Judith Merians, Screenwriting

Judith Merians serves as a consultant to independent film producers in structuring their film projects, securing film financing, and developing film production companies. She teaches The Business of the Film Industry at the University of California at Los Angeles, Extension Film School, where she has been an adjunct professor for 23 years. She also currently teaches at Filmakademie Baden Wurttenburg, Germany and at Danube University, Krems, Austria. Judith has worked in multiple aspects of film production for various Hollywood studios and independent film companies including Paramount, Warner Bros., Fox, and ABC Motion Pictures for 27 years.


Nahid Rachlin, Novella & Short Story

Nahid Rachlin’s publications include a memoir, Persian Girls (Penguin), four novels, Jumping Over Fire (City Lights), Foreigner (W.W. Norton), Married To A Stranger (E.P. Dutton-City Lights), The Heart’s Desire (City Lights), and a collection of short stories, Veils (City Lights). Her individual short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook, Shenandoah. She has written reviews and essays for New York Times, Newsday, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.  Nadine Rachlin has taught creative writing at Bernard College, Yale University and currently at the New School University.

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