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Antioch Review Presents"Writing About New York"

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – September 16, 2010 – Launching a year-long series of events to celebrate its 70th anniversary, The Antioch Review will present "Writing About New Yorkers," an evening with authors Bruce Jay Friedman, Ken McClane, Valerie Leff, Alethea Black, and Henry Van Dyke at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, at the Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street in New York. Editor Robert S. Fogarty will moderate.

The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. Its eclectic approach to publishing has garnered it a reputation for excellence and the Center is pleased to present a panel with some of its contributors discussing fictional accounts of New York City, a beloved and difficult city.

Alethea Black’s first short story was published in 2007, and since then her work has won the Arts & Letters Prize, has been cited as distinguished in The Best American Short Stories, and has appeared in the Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, and Narrative. Her collection of short stories I Knew You'd Be Lovely will be out in 2011.

In 1955 Bruce Jay Friedman published “The Man They Threw Out of Jets,” in the Antioch Review, his second published story. The first had been pulled from the slush pile and published in The New Yorker two years earlier. He was the 2006 recipient of the Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose. Friedman’s latest book, Three Balconies, was published in fall 2008 by Biblioasis.

Valerie Leff is the author of the novel Better Homes & Husbands. Her stories have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Chelsea, Lilith, The Seattle Review, Southwest Review, The Sun, and she has had four stories in the Antioch Review.

Kenneth A. McClane has published several books of poems including Take Five: Collected Poems, 1971-1986, A Tree Beyond Telling: Poems Selected and New, and At Winter’s End. McClane’s collection of essays Color: Essays on Race, Family, and History received a Gold Medal 2009 Book of the Year Award.

Henry Van Dyke has worked as an editor, journalist, and novelist. His novels are Ladies of the Rachmaninoff Eyes, Lunacy and Caprice and Blood of Strawberries. His short pieces have appeared in the Antioch Review, Transatlantic Review, Generation, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.

Robert S. Fogarty has been the editor of the Antioch Review since 1977. He is the author and editor of eight books, with articles, and essays in the Nation, TLS, Missouri Review, Manoa, and Boulevard, among others.

For additional information on the Center for Fiction, visit www.centerforfiction.org.

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