Two Readings in July

Hello Friends, I’ll be reading twice this month:

  • Tuesday July 25, 7:00PM: I’ll be reading my story “mission concept” from FLAPPERHOUSE at the Skirball Cultural Center.
  • Sunday July 30, 7:30PM: I’ll be reading my story “asleep for days” from F(r)iction at The Blue Hour at the Victory Theater in Burbank.

Come see me and my pals: Kirin Khan, Jessica Shoemaker, Soleil Bello Davíd, Chinyere Nwodim, Barton Aikman, Lily Anne Harrison, Matt Buga, and more!

The Emerging Voices 2017 Final Reading at Skirball

The PEN Center USA Emerging Voices 2017 Final Reading at the Skirball Cultural Center

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Featuring Soleil David, Peter H.Z. Hsu, Kirin Khan, Chinyere Nwodim, and Jessica Shoemaker

Enjoy poetry and fiction read by this year’s PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellows, with personal introductions by their mentors Jade Chang, Amelia Gray, Ashaki M. Jackson, Dana Johnson, and J. Ryan Stradal.

Presented cabaret-style with cocktails and light fare available for purchase. A reception with refreshments follows the program.

“Because of PEN, I am now connected. I now know how to get myself published. I have the resources to master my craft.
Now I call myself a writer.”
-Jian Huang, 2016 EV

This event is FREE; Reserve seats HERE

The Skirball Cultural Center: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

“A Writer”: A PEN USA Outreach Essay

If you missed Pete’s panel/talk at Skylight last week, his essay is up at the PEN Center USA website.

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And then a writer goes to a special event like, for example, the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship Meet and Greet at Skylight Books. You go and stand outside, looking in through the front doors. You stand outside for a very long time and then go home without having gone in. Another time, you walk past those front doors, walking at a brisk pace, craning your neck to get a peek inside, but not stopping. And another time, you stop at the front doors and pretend to be looking at your cellphone, checking messages, and not going in. You get a call while standing there, and then you take the call and go back to your car and drive away. You feel relieved, having missed out on something that you really wanted but it was scary and anyway who did you think you were fooling?

The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career.

EV Meet & Greet: June 17th, Los Angeles

Emerging Voices Fellowship MEET & GREET

Are you interested in applying!?

Join Emerging Voices Fellows, alumni, and mentors in conversation for the 2018 application cycle. PEN Center USA presents summer cocktails, short readings, a fellowship overview and audience Q&A.

Meet and Greet Los Angeles

Saturday, June 17
5-7PM
Skylight Books

1818 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 9002

Featuring:
Patrick O’Neil, Jian Huang, Mike Padilla, Peter H.Z. Hsu, Kirin Khan, and Soleil David

RSVP HERE

New Story Coming Soon in Flapperhouse #14!

fh14coverPete’s newest short story, “Mission Concept,” will be published June 21 in the Summer 2017 issue of Flapperhouse! Flapperhouse is a literary journal with a particular & peculiar focus on the surreal, shadowy, sensual, and satirical. It’s the brainchild of Joseph P. O’Brien and has featured the work of Carroll Sun Yang, Kristine Ong Muslim, Leland Cheuk, Maria Pinto, and many, many flappy others.

Subscribe to Flapperhouse HERE!

“There Are No More Secrets On Planet Earth” Published Today in Your Impossible Voice

Cover14Pete’s short story “There Are No More Secrets On Planet Earth” was published today in Your Impossible Voice.

“There Are No More Secrets On Planet Earth” is a speculative fiction short story set a future where technology has allowed mankind to view the entire history of the Planet Earth on their television sets.

Here’s an excerpt:

Every secret ever lied about, covered up, buried, or repressed is now available for all to see, or is in the process of becoming available for all to see. The entire history of Earth, viewable by anyone with a $10,000/week subscription to Ectoscope™ or even a pocket full of credits to pump into a pay-by-the-minute Ectoscope™ Arcade machine.

Who would’ve thought time travel would turn out like this. No complicated machines, no wormholes, no lightning orbs, no silver DeLoreans, no spaceships slingshotting around the sun, no ancient magic awoken from the tomb of Qin Shi Huang.

None of that.

Just a really powerful telescope. A telescope with unlimited resolution and computers to track the trajectory of Earth’s reflection through space from today all the way back to the Big Bang.


Your Impossible Voice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary journal dedicated to advancing literary arts by supporting writers and poets, encouraging readership, and promoting academic literary scholarship. We publish brash and velvety new work from around the globe, as well as literary reviews, essays, and interviews. For a better idea of what our editors are looking for at the moment, please consult our call for submissions. Issues of the journal are available on our website and in print.

PEN EVs at Tongue & Groove

 

18198379_1716021498412639_1248918548926364660_n.jpgThe PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellows took the stage on Saturday, April 29th to read from the works in progress. Tongue & Groove is a Los Angeles based literary reading series hosted by Conrad Romo.

Photos by Wes Kriesel

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Kirin Khan reads a scene from her novel-in-progress Bludgeon.

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Soleil David reads from her forthcoming poetry collection Guerilla.

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Peter H.Z. Hsu reads an excerpt from his short story “Astronauts.”

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Jessica Shoemaker reads a short story from her upcoming collection Like Stonewall Jackson’s Arm.

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Chinyere Nwodim reads her short story “Naked Lady Table.”

 

PEN USA Emerging Voices Reading: Saturday April 29

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The 2017 Emerging Voices
at Tongue and Groove

Saturday, April 29 at 6 PM – 7 PM

The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5:30 PM Doors | 6 PM Reading
$6 cover (21+)P

PEN Center USA and Tongue and Groove present a reading by the 2017 Emerging Voices Fellows at Hotel Café. Join us for a night of readings, music, and drinks.

Featuring: Soleil David, Peter H.Z. Hsu, Kirin Khan, Chinyere Nwodim, and Jessica Shoemaker. And Musical Guest: Mister Paradise.

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