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Thursday, March 4, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 PM EST
Location: Online Webinar - Zoom link sent 72 hours prior to event
Contact: Harriett Shenkman

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The NYC Chapters
The Women’s National Book Association & The Transition Network
are excited to co-sponsor 


In these unprecedented times, can fiction transform us, thrill us and enlighten us? 

Join us for a zoom panel with the Dominican writer Cleyvis Natera, the Native American writer and creative writing teacher Debra Magpie Earling,  the literary agent Eric Simonoff of William Morris Endeavor and the literary agent Sally Wofford-Girand of Union Literary.

The panel will be moderated by Harriet Shenkman, poet and novelist, board member of WNBA, NYC and Poet-in-Residence of TTN. 

Please join us and save your thoughts for a Q&A.


Cleyvis Natera was born in the Dominican Republic in 1977. She immigrated to the US with her mother and siblings when she was ten years old. She grew up in Harlem and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction from New York University. Cleyvis is the Co-Founder of Love As A Kind of Cure, the November 2020 virtual Arts Festival honoring Native Americans. Cleyvis has been chosen for several awards and fellowships including PEN America's Writing for Justice Fellowship, The Bread Loaf Carol Houck Smith Returning Contributor Award in Fiction, Kenyon Review's Peter Taylor Fellowship in Fiction and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship in Fiction both in Virginia and France. She was a finalist for a Fulbright Creative Writing Award to the Dominican Republic. Cleyvis is a proud alum of The Disquiet International Literary Program, Juniper Institute and Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Kenyon Review, Asterix and Kweli Journal, among other publications, and she has been featured in Doré, Refinery29 and The New York Times for her social justice work as Co-Founder of Love As A Kind of Cure. She’s represented by PJ Mark, a Partner at Janklow & Nesbit. Her debut novel "Neruda on the Park" is forthcoming Spring 2022 from Penguin Random House. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband and two young children. ‚Äč

Debra Magpie Earling is Professor of English at the University of Montana, Missoula, where she teaches Fiction and Native American Studies full time. Of the Bitterroot Salish (tribe), she is a graduate of the University of Washington, and holds both an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Cornell University. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010), a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of Sacajewea. Earling's publications also include stories in The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology, Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories, Circle of Women: Anthology of Western Women Writers and Wild Women: Anthology of Women Writers. She is the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Sally Wofford-Girand
is a director of the non-profit Literary Agents of Change, formed by members of the AALA's DEI committee and a board member of Writer's Omi.  She co-founded Union Literary eight years ago.  Agency authors include Jenny Offill, Laura McHugh, Grace Paley, James Welch, Kim Barnes, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Kristen Roupenian, Alyson Richman, Michael Frank,  Susie Yang, Jenny Lee (and Debra Magpie Earling).


Eric Simonoff Eric Simonoff is a literary agent at WME in New York.  His clients include Jhumpa Lahiri, Edward P. Jones, Daniel Alarcon, Yaa Gyasi, Megha Majumdar, Chris Adrian, Name Le, Phil Klay, ZZ Packer, Jean Kyoung Frazier, Karen Thompson Walker, Ethan Hawke, Ariel Levy, Sam Lipsyte, Jonathan Lethem, Philipp Meyer, Ilana Masad, Stacy Schiff, and The New Yorker Magazine, among others.  He is the recipient of The Center for Fiction Medal for Editorial Excellence and serves on the Board of Trustees of Poets & Writers Organization and the New York Public Library’s Publishing Advisory Committee.

Harriet L. Shenkman was born in Brooklyn and is a first-generation college graduate. She earned a Ph.D. from Fordham University and a M.Ed. from Duke University. She is a Professor Emerita at City University of New York and serves on the Advisory Board of the Women’s National Book Association, NYC. Her poetry awards include the Women’s National Book Association 2013 Annual Writing Contest in Poetry, The Women Who Write 2013 International Poetry and Short Prose Contest and The Raynes Poetry Competition, 2014 finalist. Her poetry appeared in Union, Evening Street Review, Third Wednesday, Jewish Currents, Jewish Magazine, Jewish Quarterly,, When Women Awaken, The Westchester Review. Oyez Review, The Pink Panther Magazine, The Calliope Anthology, The Alexandria Quarterly, The Comstock Review, Indolent Press, Gyroscope Review, The Berru Poetry Series, The Last Leaves Literary Magazine, Train River Press Anthology and Global Poemic. A Poet-in-Residence at The Transition Network, she studied with Jennifer Franklin, Ellen Bass and Laura Kasischke.  Her chapbooks Teetering and The Present Abandoned were published by Finishing Line Press. She has completed a novel, The Camel Tamer, and hopes to find a publisher. Her novel finds an innocent American teenager and a young Ukrainian sex worker caught in the crosshairs the Middle East conflict.

PLEASE NOTE: The audience will NOT be seen or heard during the speakers presentations. Questions and comments can be submitted throughout the program by typing them into a form on the screen, or asked directly at the end.


Material from, 20:12:28 February 25, 2021.
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