Writers Speak Wednesdays Wraps Up Guest Speakers

Alex Gilvarry. Photo by Alexandra Kleeman

Melissa Febos and Alex Gilvarry will be the final guest authors in the spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Stony Brook Southampton — and not to say they saved the best for last, but these two pack a pretty heavy punch.

Author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Whip Smart” and the essay collection “Abandon Me,” Febos’s second essay collection will be published by Bloomsbury in 2019. Her work has been widely anthologized, appearing in publications such as The Believer, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica and others, and she is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University.

Melissa Febos. Photo courtesy Melissa Febos

Gilvarry is the author of “From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant,” winner of the Hornblower Award for First Fiction, Best New Voice 2012 by Bookspan, and selected by the New York Times as an Editor’s Choice. His second novel, “Eastman Was Here,” was published this past year and nominated for the PEN Open Book Award.

He is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 nominee and has received fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Norman Mailer Center. He lives in Staten Island, and is also a professor at Monmouth University, where he teaches fiction.

Admission to the reading, which will be held in Chancellors Hall on campus, located at 39 Tuckahoe Road in Southampton, is free. A reception will precede the reading at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. For more information, please call (631) 632- 5030 or visit stonybrook.edu/mfa.