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Bryan Washington in conversation w/James Ijames

  • Penn Book Center 130 south 34th st Philadelphia PA 19104 (map)

BRYAN WASHINGTON is a writer from Houston. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the New York Timesthe New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerBuzzFeedVultureThe Paris ReviewBoston ReviewTin HouseOne StoryBon AppétitMUNCHIESAmerican Short FictionGQFADERThe AwlHazlitt, and Catapult, where he writes a column called “Bayou Diaries”. His first book, Lot, is forthcoming from Riverhead in March. 

“Bryan Washington’s writing is refreshing — a brilliant display of raw talent, with gut-punching stories that deliver with a lasting force. This is the literature that I’ve been waiting for.” —Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun

Lot is the confession of a neighborhood, channeled through a literary prodigy. Bryan Washington doesn’t render a world, he actually captures one, grabs it out of reality and holds it up for you to see it sparkle. Unflinching, romantic while refusing to romanticize, this is the debut of a prodigious talent.” —Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym

JAMES IJAMES is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Ally Theatre (Washington DC) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright's Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ....Miz Martha and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.

We have partnered with Paul Robeson House to offer a FREE craft talk with Bryan Washington before the reading (4-6PM). Click here to reserve your spot. Limited to 25 spots.