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A Latinx Author Feature with Ivelisse Rodriguez & Natalia Sylvester

  • Duende @ Walls of Books DC 3325 Georgia Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20010 United States (map)

Join us at our newest collaborative pop-up, Walls of Books DC, for the debut of our partnered author reading and discussion series, featuring Ivelisse Rodriguez (LOVE WAR STORIES) and Natalia Sylvester (EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME), on Friday, Sept. 21, from 6-7:30 p.m.!

The event is free & open to the public, but space is limited so an RSVP is required. 

About the authors:

Ivelisse Rodriguez’s debut short story collection is Love War Stories (The Feminist Press, 2018). She has published fiction in the Boston Review, All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, Obsidian, Kweli, the Bilingual Review, Aster(ix), and other publications. She is the founder and editor of an interview series focused on contemporary Puerto Rican writers in order to highlight the current status and the continuity of a Puerto Rican literary tradition from the continental US that spans over a century. The series is published in Centro Voices, the e-magazine of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She was a senior fiction editor at Kweli and is a Kimbilio fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. She is currently working on the novel, The Last Salsa Singer, about 70s era salsa musicians in Puerto Rico. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the US at age four and grew up in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Miami, is a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at Regis University, and works as a freelance writer in Austin, TX. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, and the Austin American-Statesman. Natalia’s first novel, Chasing the Sun, was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad. Her latest novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, has been named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine and is a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards.