Fiction International 40th Anniversary Celebration! March 1st at the Museum of the Living Artist

On Friday, March 1, Poetry & Art Series 2013 features Fiction International with writers Harold Jaffe, Katie Farris, and San Diego’s own Jimmy Jazz. These renowned authors will read with select Fiction International assistant editors from SDSU. This arts and culture event takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for treats, refreshments and live music by Nathan Hubbard. Members are free; $5 at the door, or guests may bring wine to share and get in free.

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Fiction International is an SDSU-affiliated journal dedicated to progressive political ideals and innovative forms of fiction and nonfiction. Edited by Harold Jaffe, Fiction International turns 40 this year.

Harold Jaffe is the author of 20 books, including 13 fiction (or docufiction) collections, five novels and two volumes of essays. He is a professor of creative writing, English and comparative literature at SDSU. His work has been translated into 15 languages, and has appeared in City Lights Review, Paris Review and Best American Stories to name a few.

Katie Farris is a fiction writer, translator, and professor. Farris has taught at UC Berkeley and Brown University and has served as a Visiting Professor at New England College’s MFA Program. She currently teaches fiction, poetry, and comparative literature at San Diego State University. Her fiction, translations, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Verse, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Green Mountains Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Brooklyn Rail and other publications.

Jimmy Jazz has read poetry at a bowling alley in Chicago, a punk squat in Phoenix, a clothing store in Los Angeles, The Fringe Festival in New York, and at myriad universities, theaters, coffee shops, galleries, bars and bookstores. He has written five novels and edited the web mag Pirate Enclave since 1999. Since finding unemployment, he has written an exhaustive 500-page memoir/history called The Book of Books.  He is celebrating the release of two novels – House of the Unwed Mother and The Cadillac Tramps.

Ryan Forsythe is a writer, editor, artist, and dad from Cleveland, now living here in San Diego, though he calls the mythical state of Jefferson home, after running a hostel in Redwood National Park for 4 years with his wife and children. His recent publications include If You Don’t Read This The Terrorists Will Win (Black Scat Books, 2012) and Dick Cheney Saves Paris: a personal and political madcap sci-fi meta- anti- novel (Love Earth, 2011). Ryan will be graduating in May with his MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University.

Dani Heinemeyer is an MFA Fiction student at San Diego State University and a grant writer in Balboa Park. A native of South Dakota, she studied creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Goldsmiths College in London. She spent the last six years in New York City writing grants and hanging out with dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, followed by more grant writing and avant-garde performances she didn’t understand at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Julie Harris is a writer and artist originally from New Mexico. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a minor in History from New Mexico State University in 2012, graduating with distinction in University Honors. As an undergraduate, she received several English awards, including the Sutherland-McManus Award for prose. She is currently in the Master of Fine Arts program at San Diego State University studying fiction.

Charlie Griggs is a San Diego State University MFA Fiction student. He is originally from Maryland and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University. His writings remain largely unpublished, but with a novel in the works as well as an ever-growing surplus of short stories, he intends to change that posthaste.

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