Coffee & Conversations provide an informal opportunity to meet some of the writers-in-residence who visit Write On. Come hear previews of new work, discuss the creative process, or ask questions about the writing life! This month’s writers are novelist Lan Samantha Chang and poet Nan Cohen.
Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance, and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of the Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellowships at Stanford University. She also received, from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a Teaching-Writing fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus fellowship. Her many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she directs the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Nan Cohen is the author of two books of poetry: Unfinished City and Rope Bridge. A resident of Los Angeles, she has taught in the B.A. in Liberal Studies program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, at Pierce College, at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. She is Chair of the English Department at Viewpoint School and serves as the Poetry Program Director of the Napa Valley Writers Conference, a summer conference in St. Helena, California. She earned a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.A./C.Phil. in English from UCLA. She was a Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Poetry in the Stanford University Creative Writing Program and the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. Among her fellowships and awards, are grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.