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A Home for Philly Writers


We help connect nationally touring writers to venues in Philadelphia & curate events highlighting local writers that are free & open to the public.

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We curate an events series that puts nationally touring writers in conversation with local Philadelphia writers. All events are free & open to the public. We also host an informal writers happy hour on the third Sunday of each month. Click here for images from our past events.

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Crystal Hana Kim in conversation w/Sara Novic

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel, If You Leave Me, will be published by William Morrow of HarperCollins in August 2018, and has been named to the Center for Fiction's  2018 First Novel Prize Long List as well as included on The Million's Most Anticipated book list. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and an MS in Education from Hunter College. She has received numerous awards, including PEN America’s Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, along with fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Jentel Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from The Washington Post, Literary Hub, Nylon, and elsewhere. She is currently the Director of Writing Instruction for Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and a contributing editor at Apogee Journal. Born and raised in New York, she currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Sara Novic is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Stockton University, and the fiction editor for Blunderbuss Magazine. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she studied fiction and literary translation. Girl at War, her first novel, is out now from Random House and Little, Brown UK, and is available or forthcoming in thirteen more languages. America is Immigrants, short illustrated biographies of Americans hailing from all 195 countries, is coming from Random House in 2019. 

This event will take place at Penn Book Center, 130 South 34th St, Philadelphia, PA.