As part of Literary Mews, and the PEN World Voices Festival Lit Crawl, La Maison Francaise at NYU presents "Female Writers and Resistance," a roundtable discussion with with Lila Zemborain, Mariela Dreyfus, Simone Lappert, Maïa Mazaurette, and Jessie Chaffee. Moderated by Rebecca Falkoff.
This timely conversation will focus on the writers’ individual approaches to activism and resistance in their writing practice, and explores politics, gender, and identity through the lens of the female writer.
Argentinean poet Lila Zemborain has been living in New York since 1985. She is the author of eight poetry collections, two of which have been translated into English: Guardianes del secreto (2002, 2012) / Guardians of the Secret (Las Cruces: Noemi Press, 2009), and Malvas orquídeas del mar (2004) / Mauve-Sea Orchids (New York: Belladonna Books, 2007). From 2000 to 2006, she was the director and editor of the Rebel Road Series. Since 2003 she had curated the KJCC Poetry Series at NYU. From 2009 to 2012 she directed the NYU MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish, where she continues to teach. In 2007 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry.
Mariela Dreyfus is a Peruvian poet who has lived in New York since 1989. She is the author of seven poetry collections, recently published in a single volume under the title Gravedad. Poemas reunidos (New York: Artepoética Press, 2017). Her fourth collection was published in a bilingual edition as Pez/Fish (New Delhi: Nirala Press, 2014). She has published the book-length essay Soberanía y transgresión: César Moro (Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma, 2008), and co-edited the critical volumes Nadie sabe mis cosas. Reflexiones en torno a la poesía de Blanca Varela (Lima: Fondo Editorial del Congreso, 2007), and Esta mística de relatar cosas sucias. Ensayos en torno a la obra de Carmen Ollé (Lima: CELACP, 2016). Last year, she was granted a research fellowship by the Global Research Initiatives Program (GRI) to work at NYU-Paris. She is the Graduate Adviser at the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish, New York University, where she also curates the Creative Writing in Spanish Series, and teaches workshops in poetry and literary translation.
Simone Lappert currently is the Max Kade Foundation writer-in-residence at Deutsches Haus at NYU. She studied Literary Writing at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel and today lives and works in Basel. Her debut novel Wurfschatten was published in 2014 to great acclaim by the Metrolit Verlag Berlin, and is currently being translated into English. Simone Lappert’s work has received numerous grants and awards including work grants by Pro Helvetia, the Expert Committee on Literature Basel and the Aargau Board of Trustees, the Newcomer Award of the Wartholz Literature Prize, the Heinz Weder Prize for Poetry, the Award for Young Authors by the Regensburger Schriftstellergruppe, and the literature prize of the Erfurter Herbstlese. Simone Lappert is involved in various art projects in both literary and performative capacities, gives literary tours through exhibitions, such as the Fondation Beyeler, is a member of the poetry group Basler Lyrikgruppe, a co-founder of the transdisciplinary discussion series Raum für Unsicherheit, a curator for Babelsprech, and a member of AdS.
Maïa Mazaurette is a French feminist, columnist and writer living in Brooklyn. Raised in Paris, trained as a journalist, and an ex-pat for several years, she is currently the "Sexpert" for GQ France Magazine, and a weekly columnist for Le Monde. Her novels include Le doute au coeur (Le Livre de Poche, 2015); La Coureuse (Kero, 2012); Dehors les chiens, les infidèles (Éditions Gallimard, 2010); Rien ne nous survivra. Le pire est avenir (Mnemos, 2009); and Nos amis les hommes (Florent Massot, 2001). She has collaborated on comic books, including La ligue des voleurs (Éditions Jungle, 2016) with Dagda; the Sale Bête series (Dupuis) with Jean-Paul Krassinsky; and the Péchés Mignons (Fluide glacial) series with Arthur de Pins.
Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, May 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel (which explores, in part, the writing, lives, and legacies of the Italian women mystical saints) and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Slice, Bluestem, Global City Review, and The Sigh Press, among others. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders.
Before these two events, stop by PRESS FEST! Join the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and over 55 small publishers for a big small press block party. From 4 – 8 p.m. publishers, editors and writers will converge on the Washington Square Mews to celebrate independent and international literature. Books and literary magazines will be on sale; participants can also enjoy author signings, live performances, opportunities to write, and literary readings.
Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets via readings, discussions, and dozens of events full of readers, writers, and all-around literary merriment. Since 2015, Lit Crawl NYC has been jointly produced by Litquake and PEN America, an organization dedicated to defending free expression, supporting persecuted writers, and promoting literary culture. Please click here for the full schedule.
This event is supported by the Max Kade Foundation.