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St. Jordi in New York:
Werk Work – A Night of New Writing with Jaime Shearn Coan, Shari Goldhagen, Rakesh Satyal, and Ryan Tracy

Saturday, April 22, 6:00 p.m.

Deutsches Haus at NYU

As part of the festival "St. Jordi in New York: Dragons & Books & Roses," St. Jordi in New York and Deutsches Haus at NYU co-present an intimate evening of new fiction and poetry by four New York-based writers.

Jaime Shearn Coan
is a writer and PhD candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His writings have recently appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, Critical Correspondence, Drain Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, and Women & Performance. He is the recipient of fellowships from Danspace Project, The Center for the Humanities, Poets House, The Jerome Foundation, Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, Tin House Writers Workshop, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. He is co-editor of the Danspace Project Platform 2016 Catalogue: Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Nowand his poetry chapbook, Turn it Over, is available from Argos Books.

Shari Goldhagen
is the author of the adult novels IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) and FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS (Doubleday, 2006), as well as the YA novel 100 DAYS OF CAKE (Atheneum, 2016). A fellow at both Yaddo and MacDowell and the winner of Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, Shari has a BSJ from Northwestern University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in outlets including, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Prism International,, Conjunctions, Small Spiral Notebook, Indiana Review, and KGB Bar Lit, and she regularly writes about pop culture, travel and relationships for publications including Us Weekly, Life & Style Weekly, Penthouse, NY Metro, and DaySpa. Shari has taught creative writing at OSU, Mediabistro, and the Gotham Writers Workshop. 

Rakesh Satyal
is the author of the novel Blue Boy, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.

Ryan Tracy
is a writer, composer, performer and scholar. His critical writings on art and performance have appeared in a number of publications including The American Reader, The New York Press, The Brooklyn Rail, Mouvement (France), Performa Magazine and The Gay and Lesbian Review. His poetry has appeared in California Quarterly, CafeMo and Calliope. His fiction has appeared on KGB Bar Lit. Ryan’s theater, opera and music have been performed at The New Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, The Abrons Arts Center and venues throughout New York, and he has created music for choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists, including Jonah Bokaer, Ivy Baldwin, Juanli Carrión and Chelsea Knight. Ryan is currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. His scholarly work has been presented at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, Goldsmiths, University College London, Pratt Institute and the CUNY Graduate Center. Fellowships include Yaddo, The Edward Albee Foundation, The New Museum Seminar and Performa 09 Writing Live.

St. Jordi in New York:

According to legend, St. Jordi, known in English as St. George, slayed a dragon that menaced a village and threatened to devour the daughter of a medieval king. From the drops of blood that spilled to the ground a rose bush sprang up. In Catalonia, on St. Jordi’s Day, lovers exchange roses and books in celebration of the legend. Bookstalls and flower stands spring up all over Barcelona and the cities and towns of Catalonia, in a gorgeous celebration of love and reading. The celebration of the Feast of St. Jordi in New York will be devoted to world literature, literature in translation, and cultural diversity. 

St. Jordi in New York:
Dragons & Books & Roses is organized by The Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. and the Catalan Institute of America with the support of DiploCat as part of their #BooksAndRoses campaign, and with the additional support of the Institut Ramon Llull.