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Join Ingrid M. Calderón-Collins and Claire Foster Rudy in a discussion about the ways stories can create a haven for marginalized people, and how to find happiness in what might be considered grim circumstances. They will also both read from their recent works, Let the Buzzards Eat Me Whole and Shine of the Ever.
Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins is an immigrant from El Salvador. Her work has been featured in Thimble Literary Magazine, Rabid Oak, Punch Drunk Press, Mojave He[art] Review, and FIVE:2:ONE amid others. She hosts a monthly poetry reading series, “They’re Just Words” featuring poets from all over L.A. County and beyond. She is also the author of six volumes of poetry, Things Outside, Wayward, Zenith, Ablution, el destino de Abril, & Falling in Love in Los Angeles. Let the Buzzards Eat Me Whole, her debut memoir, was just published by Another New Calligraphy. Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins lives in Historic Filipinotown, CA with her husband, painter John Collins. For rants follow her blog at notesofadirtyyoungwoman.com.
Claire Rudy Foster is a queer, nonbinary trans writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Foster writes fiction, nonfiction, personal essays, articles, reported news stories, interviews, book reviews, cultural commentary, full-length books, screenplays, TV and film treatments, speeches, editorials, blog content, and letters. They also work as a ghostwriter. Foster is the author of short story collection Shine of the Ever (Interlude Press, 2019), which O: The Oprah Magazine named as one of the best LGBTQ books of the year. Foster’s first collection was a critically acclaimed collection titled I’ve Never Done This Before (Klen+Sobr, 2016). Their work has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize four times, as well as several small press awards for excellence, including Lambda Literary Award, Foreword INDIES Award, Speculative Literature Foundation’s Working Class Writer Grant, NLA-International Nonfiction Writing Award, and SFWA Writing Award. Foster has been in recovery from alcoholism and addiction since 2007. They co-authored American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis and How to End It (St. Martin’s Press, 2018) with activist Ryan Hampton. Foster’s contributions to the recovery movement include speeches, letters, and articles supporting equal rights for people with substance use disorder. Their work can be found in the Library of Congress and has been read on the floor of the Senate. Foster developed, wrote, and hosted two seasons of a leading recovery podcast called “Addiction Unscripted,” described as “This American Life” for people with substance use disorder.