Authors Series

Co-op School parents Sara Upton and Nicholas Werner are opening their home to an exclusive number of their fellow Co-op School parents to host a series of author readings by acclaimed writers from the community.

May 2
7 pm to 10 pm
82 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn

About the Authors

Eliza Factor is the author of the novels The Mercury Fountain and Love Maps, and the founder of Extreme Kids, a nonprofit community center that connects families raising children with disabilities through the arts and play. She lives in Brooklyn, New York ,and Dublin, New Hampshire, with her husband and three children, along with various friends and animals.

Jennifer Krasinski has written on the subject of art, film, video and performance for numerouspublications such as Artforum.comArt In America, Spike Art QuarterlyBidoun
N+1 Film ReviewDIS MagazineThe Paris Review Blog and The Village Voice. She is the author of Prop Tragedies (Wrath of Dynasty Press, 2010), and is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Steinhardt School, as well as a faculty member in the MFA Art Criticism and Writing at the School of the Visual Arts, where she leads the MFA thesis seminar. She has also taught at The San Francisco Art Institute, University of Southern California, and Art Center College of Design.

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-15 New York Public Library’s Cullman Center FellowshipTHE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE, her first novel, was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year , an NPR Best Books of 2013 and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Ayana taught Creative Writing at The Writer’s Foundry MFA Program at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Jodie Patterson is a mother of five and an active LGBTQI ally who has been recognized for my activism by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, GLAAD, Family Circle magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine among others. I’m a regular participant at transgender and LGBTQI conferences, including the Trans Health, Gender East, and Transcending Boundaries conferences. I also sit on the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, where I advise on strategic partnerships and overall goals for the organization.

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