Working Writers Series Hosts Panel on Literary Careers

Author Steve Almond and literary agent Betsy Lerner will be featured in a panel on literary careers titled “A Life in Letters” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Rehm Library at the College of the Holy Cross. The Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters, Leah Hager Cohen, will serve as moderator of the panel. The event, sponsored by the College’s Creative Writing Program, is free and open to the public.

Almond is the author of 10 books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself. This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey, is composed of 30 brief stories, and 30 brief essays on the psychology and practice of writing. Bad Poetry and Letters from People Who Hate Me are exactly what they sound like. His stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. This past October, Lookout Press published his third story collection, God Bless America: Stories.

Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees and Food and Loathing (The Berkeley Publishing Group, 2000). She received an M.F.A. from Columbia University in poetry and was the recipient of a Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and was one of PEN’s Emerging Writers in 1987. She also received the Tony Godwin Publishing Prize for Editors Under 35. After working as an editor for 15 years, she became an agent and is a partner with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency.

Cohen is the author of four books of narrative non-fiction including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans; and four novels including The Grief of Others (Riverhead, 2011), which has been named one of the Top 25 Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Review, has been chosen as Oprah’s Book of the Week and is a New York Times Notable Book.

The Working Writers Series was formerly known as the Visiting Writers Series.