Telling Our Story; A PEN in the Community Reading

PEN in the Community‘s 2017 residency at Fairfax High School cumulated with a public reading at the Greenway Theater in Mid-City Los Angeles. Students from Fairfax High School took the stage with writers from the Freda Mohr Senior Center to read their short stories and poems that they’d written over the course of the semester. Teaching artists in residence, Peter H.Z. Hsu and Shawna Kenney, were also in attendance, along with Fairfax High teacher J.C. Miller and program designer Chris Terry.

Photos by Charles Day


Chris Terry shares stories and advice at Fairfax High


Peter Hsu and J.C. Miller have a chat before the show


Writers and teachers from “Telling Our Story”!

F(r)iction No.9 Available Now for Pre-Order

F(r)iction Issue No.9, featuring my short story “From the Roof of The Henry Vaughn Hotel” is now available for pre-order from Tethered By Letters. No.9 is all about obsessions: Obsessions with love, death, sex, alternate realities, and the ideal Tinder date.

No.9 features:

  • Special Feature with Lambda Literary
  • And Much More!



Final Reading for PITC Residency

PEN in the Community‘s Teaching Artist in Residency at Fairfax High School

Pete’s freshmen creative writing workshop published their anthology and had their public reading on Friday December 1st at the Greenway Theater in Mid-City LA. 30 students worked with Pete and authors Chris Terry, Shawna Kenney, and Chiwan Choi to produce over 30 pieces of short fiction and poetry based on Chris Terry’s “Foreign Americans” curriculum.

From the anthology introduction:

Stories about being from LA and growing up here, and also being from somewhere else, and also about going somewhere else, in the U.S. or the world or the beyond. Stories about being a stranger in a strange land, and hating it, or loving it; losing your way, or finding your way. Stories about the journey. And stories about the destination.



The PITC Writer in Residence program is a generative writing workshop that takes place in a classroom, community center, nonprofit organization, shelter, or reservation over the course of 6 to 12 weeks. Written work collected during the residency is published by PEN Center USA in PITC anthologies, which are windows into participants’ lives—their struggles, hopes, and experiences. PITC teaching artists are selected from PEN Center USA’s diverse membership to best match the needs of the community where they will teach. An interested writer may also apply to become a PITC teaching artist and subsequently become a PEN Center USA member. All PITC teaching artists must also be PEN Center USA members.