Story Of The Book: Rebecca Kanner And Chrissy Kolaya

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Story Of The Book: Rebecca Kanner And Chrissy Kolaya
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Rebecca Kanner and Chrissy Kolaya, graduates of the Loft Mentor Series, will share their journeys to publication and give a reading from their most recent novels. They will talk about their experiences of working with mentors, being part of a supportive Loft community of professional and peer writers, and delving more deeply into their writing as a result of these relationships. A question and answer session will follow the readings.

Rebecca Kanner’s debut novel, Sinners and the Sea, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2013. Her novel Esther will be published by Simon and Schuster on November 3, 2015. Rebecca is a Twin Cities native and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award, a Loft Mentor Series Award, and a 2012/2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Her personal essay, “Safety,” is listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including The Kenyon Review and The Cincinnati Review. Along with other authors including Anita Diamant, Michael Cunningham, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, and Ron Hansen, Rebecca is featured in Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists. You can learn more about Rebecca, and find links to selected stories, essays, and videos at www.rebeccakanner.com.

Chrissy Kolaya is a poet and fiction writer. She's the author of a novel, Charmed Particles, and a book of poems, Any Anxious Body. Her short fiction has been included in the anthologies New Sudden Fiction (Norton) and Fiction on a Stick (Milkweed Editions). Her poems and fiction have appeared in a number of literary journals. She has received a Norman Mailer Writers Colony summer scholarship, an Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies fellowship, a Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry, and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Lake Region Arts Council, and the University of Minnesota. She lives in rural western Minnesota, where she teaches writing and is one of the co-founders of the Prairie Gate Literary Festival.
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By: The Loft Literary Center