Writers at Work Series Spotlights Novelist Elizabeth Gaffney And A Public Space Fellowship Winner April Wolfe

Writers at Work
Novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell sits down with author Elizabeth Gaffney to discuss her new book and the literary magazine A Public Space, for which she is editor-at-large. Joining them is April Wolfe, one of the magazine’s Emerging Writer Fellowship winners.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
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6:30 pm
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Kansas City novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell sits down with author Elizabeth Gaffney for a public conversation about her new book and the New York-based literary magazine A Public Space, for which she is editor-at-large.

When the World Was Young, her second novel, follows the country’s changing physical and emotional landscape after World War II through the eyes and experiences of a girl growing up in the author’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Joining Gaffney and Terrell is April Wolfe, one of three inaugural winners of Emerging Writer Fellowships from A Public Place (and once a former semipro wrestler). She discusses her work in fiction and poetry and role in writing and directing two short films.

The event is co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable and the UMKC English Department.

Thu, 02/12/2015
Steven Woolfolk
Writers at Work Series Spotlights Novelist Elizabeth Gaffney<br> And <em>A Public Space</em> Fellowship Winner April Wolfe

(Kansas City, Missouri) - Elizabeth Gaffney's first novel earned her recognition 10 years ago from Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers program.

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the 48-year-old author sits down with Kansas City novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell for a public conversation about her second book, When the World Was Young - and shares the stage with one of today's blossoming literary talents.

Joining Gaffney and Terrell is April Wolfe, one of three inaugural winners of Emerging Writer Fellowships from A Public Space, the New York-based literary magazine for which Gaffney is editor-at-large. Wolfe, a journalist, essayist, fiction writer, music writer, editor, and designer, discusses her work in fiction and poetry and role in writing and directing two short films.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Released late last summer, Gaffney's When the World Was Young was a Book of the Week selection by Oprah Winfrey's O magazine and Oprah.com. It follows the country's changing physical and emotional landscape after World War II through the eyes and experiences of a girl growing up in Gaffney's hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Gaffney has worked as an editor for A Public Space since 2006, the year it was founded. Her writing also has appeared in such literary magazines as the Virginia Quarterly Review and North American Review. A former staff editor at the quarterly literary magazine The Paris Review, she has been a resident artist at the Yaddo artists' community in Sarasota, New York; the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and the Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York.

Gaffney is also a part-time lecturer in the School of Writing at The New School in New York City.

The event is part of the Writers at Work series, co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable and the University of Missouri-Kansas City English Department.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes the presentation. Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.

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