[VIRTUAL] PEN America Dallas/Fort Worth Happy Hour
PEN America Dallas/Fort Worth invites you to a virtual happy hour to celebrate the chapter and collectively imagine its future. PEN America Members and allies will come together in community with our chapter leaders, Will Evans and Sanderia Faye, exploring the unique free expression threats in DFW and how to leverage the power of literature in seeking justice. If you are interested in meeting fellow PEN America Members and hearing more about how PEN America Dallas/Fort Worth can best be in service to the literary community—and how to get involved yourself—don’t miss this opportunity!
Sanderia Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University and is a professional speaker, activist, and sommelier. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, the Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and the 2017 Arkansas Library Association’s Arkansiana Award. She is the host of LitNight Reading Series.
Will Evans is a publisher, bookstore owner, writer, translator, and literary arts advocate. He is the executive director of Deep Vellum Publishing, which he founded in 2013. He owns Deep Vellum Books, a bookstore in Dallas’s historic Deep Ellum neighborhood, which he opened in 2016. Evans graduated from Emory University with degrees in history and Russian literature and received a master’s degree in Russian culture from Duke University. In 2016, he co-founded the multimedia entertainment studio Cinestate, where he produced several films and audio projects. His translation of Russian writer Oleg Kashin’s novel, Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin, was published by Restless Books.