SWC Reading Series

Registration for our virtual SWC Reading Series is free, and we’ll raffle books at all readings.


SWC Fourth Thursday Reading Series: Gwen E. Kirby, Julia Ridley Smith, and Hananah Zaheer

February 24, 2022, 8PM EST Register

Gwen E. Kirby

Gwen E. Kirby is the Associate Director of Programs and Finance for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her debut collection Shit Cassandra Saw was recently published by Penguin. She received her MFA from Johns Hopkins University and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. Her stories appear in One Story, Tin House, Guernica, Blackbird, Mississippi Review, Best Short Fictions 2018, and elsewhere, and she was the 2018–2019 George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy. Bookstore link: Parnassus Books.

Julia Ridley Smith

Julia Ridley Smith is the author of The Sum of Trifles (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Her stories and essays have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Electric Literature, New England Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is currently the 2021–22 Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC Chapel Hill. juliaridleysmith.com Bookstore link: UGA Press.

Hananah Zaheer

Hananah Zaheer is the author of Lovebirds (Bull City Press, 2021). Other recent writing has appeared in places such as Kenyon Review, Best Small Fictions 2021, Best of Net, Wigleaf Top 50, Waxwing, AGNI, Pithead Chapel, Smokelong, Alaska Quarterly Review (with a Notable Story mention in Best American Short Stories 2019) and Michigan Quarterly Review, where she won the Lawrence Foundation Prize for Fiction. She is fiction editor for Los Angeles Review, Senior Editor for SAAG: a dissident literary anthology—a project that seeks to make space for radical and experimental South Asian art and writing and, currently, a guest editor for SmokeLong Quarterly. You can find her at www.hananahzaheer.com or on Twitter @hananahzaheer. Bookstore link: Bull City Press.