2019 Virginia Festival of the Book Presents: Future Tense – Writers You’ll be Reading for the Next 25 Years
Live Events | 03/23/2019 | 8:00PM
As three of the most exciting young writers today, Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family), José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth) share and discuss their deeply personal works of nonfiction and poetry, each representing an eye-opening look into larger social and political issues in America. Moderated by Carlos Lozada, nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post. For additional details, please visit VaBook.org.
About the Speakers:
Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math, won a Whiting Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence for his debut novel, The Residue Years. His honors also include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal, is the son of Mexican immigrants and a poet. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers.
Sarah Smarsh, author of Heartland, is an educator, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book was a 2018 National Book Award finalist and examines historic economic inequality through the story of her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm.