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Julia Fierro Coming to Writers Speak Wednesday

Novelist Julia Fierro will be the next guest in the 2014 fall Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton.

Fierro will speak on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at the campus in Shinnecock Hills.

Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth, was released by St. Martin’s Press in May 2014. Cutting Teeth was listed as one of the “Most Anticipated Books of 2014” by HuffPost Books, The Millions, Flavorwire, Brooklyn Magazine, and Marie Claire. The New Yorker called it “a comically energetic debut.” Fierro’s work has been published in Guernica, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, and Glamour.

In 2002, Fierro founded the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, where she currently teaches the Post-MFA workshops. What started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has grown into a creative home for more than 1,700 writers. She served as a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop, which awarded her an MFA in 2002.

Fierro lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Other writers scheduled for the series include: Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, November 5; and Brian Morton, interviewed by former New Yorker fiction editor Daniel Menaker, November 12.

On December 3, the evening will be devoted to readings by “the stars of tomorrow”: students enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. All readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit stonybrook.edu/mfa.

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