Three Award-Winning Authors – New Monthly Series!

We welcome you to our newest monthly series – The Spiral Salon (still searching for the best name – but you get the idea!). The Spiral Salon will showcase a variety of talent – writers, poets, musicians, and artists – in a lively and casual forum. The shop will be your home for this night of revelry and intellectual stimulation. Light refreshments will be provided.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10th, 7pm-9pm
Adrian Van Young, Charlotte Pence, and Adam Prince will be joining us in the shop for a night of award-wining prose and poetry. Each author will be reading from their newest Black Lawrence Press publications. Books will be available for purchase the day of the event.

Adrian Van Young will be reading from a new collection of short stories, The Man Who Noticed Everything.  Charlotte Pence will be reading from her book of poetry The Branches, the Axe, the Missing.  Adam Prince will be reading from his debut collection of stories The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men.


Adrian Van Young has taught expository writing and literature at Boston College, Boston University, Grub Street Writers, the Calhoun School, 826 NYC and the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School. He received his B.A. in English from Vassar College, and his MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where he formerly taught as well. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Henfield Foundation Prize and was nominated by Columbia’s faculty for inclusion in the Best New American Voices 2010 Anthology. The Man Who Noticed Everything, his first book of fiction, won the 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award. He is currently in the midst of writing a historical novel based on the life of William H. Mumler, the father of spirit photography, and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Lumina, Gigantic, Lacuna and The Believer. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife Darcy.

Charlotte Pence is a poet and critic who recently received her Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Tennessee. She is the author of two award-winning chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). This anthology, the first of its kind, considers song lyrics as appropriate for study in a literature classroom. Her awards include numerous Pushcart nominations, the Discovered Voices award, and a fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, North American Review, Denver Quarterly, Rattle, Tar River Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals. She is married to the fiction writer Adam Prince.

Born and raised in Southern California, Adam Prince earned his MFA from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His award-winning fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. In 2011, Narrative named him one of the top twenty best new writers. He is married to the poet Charlotte Pence and is serving as the 2012-2013 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School while at work on a novel that takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia.

If you are interested in being featured in the Spiral Salon – please contact us for further information: spiralbookcase@gmail.com

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