Nov. 30, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the final event of this fall’s Creative Writing Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, when fiction writers and Pioneer Valley residents Andrea Lawlor and Jordy Rosenberg present a reading from their recent novels.

This event, which will take place in MCLA’s Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation atrium, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Caren Beilin, assistant professor of creative writing at MCLA, suggested that Lawlor and Roseberg come to campus together to present readings.

“I was eager to bring these two writers here together because they are both disrupting –  challenging – upsetting gender norms by writing innovatively, inventing new genres that might possibly begin to hold the secret, and increasingly less secret, infinity of gender,” Beilin said.

Lawlor and Roseberg, she added, reside in the same house in a queer commune in Northampton. “I always want to emphasize to my students that writer friendships, more than anything, will get you through,” Beilin said.

Lawlor, a genderqueer novelist and visiting lecturer at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, will read from their debut novel, “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl,” published last year by Rescue Press. Set in the 1990s, features a shape-shifting protagonist disrupts both genre and gender norms.

Vintage/Anchor and Picador will reissue “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl” in spring 2019.

Rosenberg, a transgender novelist who teaches 18th century literature, gender and sexuality studies, and critical theory at UMASS-Amherst, will read from his first novel, “Confessions of the Fox,” published last summer by One World. For this book, set in the queer subcultures of 18th century London, Roseberg reimagines the legend of English thief and jail breaker Jack Sheppard as that of a transgender man.

According to the New Yorker, “Confessions of the Fox” is “a cunning metafiction of vulpine versatility.”

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