Location: Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, Standish Rooms, which are on the second floor of theEvents and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.
Alexander Chee was born in Rhode Island, and raised in South Korea, Guam and Maine. He is a recipient of the 2003 Whiting Writers’ Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in Fiction, a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, the Hermitage and the VCCA. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall of 2011. His first novel, Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), is a winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. In 2003, Out Magazine honored him as one of their 100 Most Influential People of the Year. His essays and stories have appeared in Granta.com, Out, The Morning News, The Man I Might Become, Loss Within Loss, Boys Like Usand Mentors, Muses and Monsters. He has taught writing at Wesleyan, The New School and Amherst College.
Kathleen Rooney is a poet and a writer. Her latest work is the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint Press), which has been described as “smart and subtly honed” (Publisher’s Weekly) and “captures the poignancy and absurdity of life at the turn of the twenty-first century” (Booklist). With Abby Beckel, she is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008). With her husband, the writer Martin Seay, she lives in Chicago.