TWO COUNTRIES: US Daughters and Sons of Immigrants
The newest addition to Red Hen's Anthology Series, Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents is an anthology of flash memoir, personal essays and poetry edited by the adult child of an immigrant born and raised in the US. The collection contains contributions from sixty-five writers who were either born and/or raised in the US by one or more immigrant parent. Their work describes the many contradictions, discoveries and life lessons one experiences when one is neither seen as fully American nor fully foreign. Contributors include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Joseph Lagaspi, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Oliver de la Paz, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and many other talented writers from throughout the US.
Join us for a reading from these local contributors: Jeanie Chung, Sahar Mustafah, Natalie Tilghman & Zhanna Slor!
Jeanie Chung's fiction, essays, and author interviews have appeared in Drunken Boat, upstreet, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Writer's Chronicle, and elsewhere. She works as a development writer at the University of Chicago.
Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a rich and complex inheritance she explores in her fiction. Her prize-winning short story collection Code of the West was recently published by Willow Books, and includes an honorable mention in Best American Short Stories 2016, a Guild Literary Prose Award, a David Friedman Award for Best Fiction, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She is co-founder of Bird’s Thumb, an online literary journal, and has been teaching for over twenty years in Illinois.
Zhanna Slor was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Wisconsin with her family in the early 1990s. Currently, she lives with her husband in Chicago, where she is finishing up a young adult novel about Ukrainian-born twins with unusual superpowers. She has been published in numerous literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Bellevue Literary Review, Sonora Review, Tusculum Review, Hobart, and Michigan Quarterly Review, which published a group of essays that later received a notable mention in Best American Essays 2014.
Natalie Tilghman co-authored A 52-HERTZ WHALE, Young Adult novel recently released by Carolrhoda Lab (Lerner). Additionally, her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Santa Clara Review, Cicada magazine, and Sudden Flash Youth, a fiction anthology by Persea Books. Honors include a 2015 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and first prize for fiction in The Atlantic’s 2010 Student Writing Contest and a Magazine Merit Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She received a MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran. She lives in Glenview with her husband and two children where she is working on a novel.