Kyla Marshell and Shane McCrae Up Next In ‘Writers Speak’

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Kyla Marshell (Credit: Michelle Peralta)

A little bad weather was never going to stop Kyla Marshell and Shane McCrae from participating in Writers Speak Wednesdays.

Postponed from February, the two authors will now visit Stony Brook Southampton on April 10 for the spring series of talks and readings, open to the public, in Duke Lecture Hall at the Southampton campus, located at 39 Tuckahoe Road.

Marshell is currently at work on a memoir about a chance encounter with a distant relative that leads her to seek out other lost and hidden members of her family, and her poems, essays, articles and interviews have appeared in Bookforum, The Guardian, O, the Oprah Magazine, PEN America, and Ebony.com, which in 2013 named her in “7 Young Black Writers You Should Know.”

Earlier this year, McCrae’s newest collection, “The Gilded Auction Block,” hit bookstores everywhere, followed by his five previous books of poetry, including “In the Language of My Captor,” which was shortlisted for the National Book Award.

The “Writers Speak” series will continue with poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell on April 24, and a showcase reading by MFA students on May 1.

The readings begin at 7 p.m., each preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. and immediately followed by a Q&A and book signing. Admission is free. For more information, call (631) 632-5030 or visit stonybrook.edu/mfa.

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