International Women's Day Readings Extravaganza

Come help us celebrate International Women's Day in a big way! We have a stellar line-up of women writers from all over!

Katharine Coldiron - Ceremonials
Katharine Coldiron's work has appeared in Ms., the Washington Post, BUST, the Rumpus, the Believer, LARB, and many other places. She is the reviews editor at Barrelhouse and the reviews and interviews editor at the VIDA Review. Find her at and on Twitter @ferrifrigida. Come help us celebrate International Women's Day in a BIG way! We have a stellar line-up of women writers from all over!

Katharine Coldiron - Ceremonials
Katharine Coldiron's work has appeared in Ms., the Washington Post, BUST, the Rumpus, the Believer, LARB, and many other places. She is the reviews editor at Barrelhouse and the reviews and interviews editor at the VIDA Review. Find her at and on Twitter @ferrifrigida.

June Saraceno - The Girl from Yesterday
June Sylvester Saraceno is the author of Feral, North Carolina, 1965, her debut novel, listed in BuzzFeed as one of “18 Must Read Books from Indie Presses.” Her poetry collections include The Girl From Yesterday, of Dirt and Tar, and Altars of Ordinary Light, as well as a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips. She is English department chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, and director of the literary speaker series Writers in the Woods. For more information visit

Gayle Brandeis - Many Restless Concerns
Gayle Brandeis is also the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. 2017 brought the release of two books: a collection of poetry, The Selfless Bliss of the Body, and a memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis. Her novel in poems, Many Restless Concerns, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in February, 2020. Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have been widely published and have received numerous honors, including a Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award and a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She currently teaches at Sierra Nevada College and the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Amy Gentry - Last Woman Standing
Amy Gentry is also the author of Good as Gone, a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and Entertainment Weekly “Must List” Pick. She is also a book reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Austin Chronicle. Amy has a doctorate in English and lives in Austin, Texas.

Mary Terrier:
Mary Terrier is a writer from Austin, Texas. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Pleiades. She’s taught writing at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the Library Foundation - Austin, and elsewhere. She was the 2018-2019 Carl Djerassi fiction fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and will be the 2020 Dobie Paisano Fellow, sponsored the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters.

Juli Berwald: Spineless
Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone gracefully blends personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science. Spineless is the story of how Juli learned to navigate and ultimately embrace her ambition, her curiosity, and her passion for the natural world. She discovers that jellyfish science is more than just a quest for answers. It's a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share. Juli her PhD in Ocean Science from the University of Southern California. A science textbook writer and editor, she has written for a number of publications including The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate. She resides in Austin, Tx with her family

Alyssa Harad: Coming to My Senses
Alyssa Harad is the author of Coming to My Senses: Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride. Alyssa's affair with scent begins in secret, late at night, by the glow of her computer screen when she stumbles on a blog devoted to perfume. Bookish and practical, and a stranger to beauty counters, she is surprised to find herself lured into a sensual underworld of quirky characters that changes her mind about much more than perfume. Candid, elegant, and full of lush description and humor, Coming to My Senses takes readers from a private museum of rare essences in Austin, Texas, to the glamorous fragrance showrooms of Manhattan, and finally to a homecoming in Boise, Idaho, to prepare for Harad's wedding. This deeply personal story reveals the intimate connections between scent, our senses, and the people we are and want to become. Alyssa holds a PhD in English from the UT, Austin. She has written about perfume for O, The Oprah Magazine and the award-winning perfume blogs Now Smell This and Perfume-Smellin' Things. She lives with her husband in Austin, Texas.

Kate Wise: Driving In Cars With Homeless Men
Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, is the winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, selected by Min Jin Lee. Her fiction has appeared in publications that include Gulf Coast, Tin House online, New Delta Review, The Best Small Fictions 2019, Redivider (as winner of the Beacon Street Prize), and elsewhere. She was a Carol Houck fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and awarded scholarships at Writing x Writers, the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference, the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University.

Tanya Ko Hong: The War Still Within
Weaving together two cultures, poetry by Tanya Ko Hong (Hyonhye) gives voice to multiple generations of Korean and Korean-American women. This collection contains 36 poems, including a well-researched, vividly imagined sequence of six poems based on experiences of Korean “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII. Korean American poet, Tanya Ko Hong, has been published in Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Two Hawks Quarterly, Portside, Cultural Weekly, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles, and is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Mother to Myself, A collection of poems in Korean (Prunsasang Press, 2015). Tanya is an ongoing advocate of bilingual poetry, promoting the work of immigrant poets. She lives Palos Verdes, CA with her husband and three children.

Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay was the first Nashville Youth Poet Laureate and the 2016 Poet Ambassador for the Southeast. She has been published in Nashville Arts Magazine, The Tennessean, Chapter 16, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Shanghai Literary Review, Atlas and Alice, The Felt, Indian Lit, and Poetry Society of America. Her first book "this is our war" was released through Penmanship Press in 2016. Her second book "everything is always leaving" was released through M.C. Sarkar & Sons in Kolkata, India in 2019. Her latest project, the poetry album ‘i don’t know anyone here,’ has been published and released in Nashville, TN. She is traveling across America in an orange van after graduating from Belmont University!

Event date: 
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751