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Talia Lakshmi Kolluri is a South Asian American writer from Northern California. His first collection of short stories, What we gave the Manticorejust Pewter house books in the fall of 2022. His short fiction was published in the Minnesota Review, Ecotone, Southern Humanities Journaland The common. A lifelong Californian, Talia lives in the Central Valley with her husband, a teacher and printmaker.
Through nine emotionally vivid stories, all told from the perspective of animals, Talia Lakshmi Kolluri’s debut collection explores themes of environmentalism, conservation, identity, belonging, loss and the family with a resounding heart and deep tenderness.
Manuel Muñoz is the author of a novel, What You See in the Dark, and short story collections Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, which was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He received a Whiting Writer’s Award, three O. Henry Awards and an appearance on Best American Short Stories. Recent work has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Southwest Review, ZYZZYVA and Freeman’s.
These exquisite stories are set primarily in the 1980s in the small towns surrounding Fresno. With an unyielding hand, Muñoz portrays the Mexican and Mexican American farm workers who put food on our tables but were routinely and ruthlessly stopped by the migra, as well as the daily struggles and immense challenges facing their families.
“Our mission is to make Shakespeare’s words and themes accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status or level of education. We are an educational organization that promotes learning throughout life. We are often our audience’s first contact with Shakespeare and the performing arts, and we take this responsibility seriously. We believe that art is a public good and should be accessible to all.
Ethan Chatagnier is the author of Singer Distance, a novel by Tin House Books, and Warnings From The Future, a 2018 collection of stories by Acre Books. His stories won a Pushcart Award and were listed as Notable in the Best American Short Stories and the Million Writer Award. He graduated from Fresno State, where he won the Larry Levis Prize in Poetry.
Filled with mystery and wonder, Ethan Chatagnier’s Singer Distance is a novel about ambition, loneliness, exploration and love. each other here on Earth.
From the day old Nana Reja found an abandoned baby under a bridge, life in a small Mexican town has changed forever. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is taken in by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and take care of him as if he were their own. Growing up, Simonopio becomes a source of wonder for the Morales family, for when the oddly gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can – visions of all that is yet to come, to both beautiful and dangerous. Followed by his protective and living swarm of bees to deliver his adoptive family from threats – human and natural – Simonopio’s purpose in Linares will, in time, be guessed.
Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating flu of 1918, The Murmur of Bees captures both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of a family who placed their love, faith and future in the incredible.
Sofia Segovia is a creative writing teacher. His novels include Noche de huracán (Night of the Hurricane), El murmullo de las abejas (The Whisper of the Bees) – which was named Literary Discovery of the Year by Penguin Random House and Novel of the Year by iTunes. , and Huracan. Sofía likes to travel the world, but she loves coming home to her husband, three children, two dogs and cat. She writes as best she can surrounded and inspired by their joyful chaos
Danusha Laméris is the author of The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), which was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. She teaches poetry independently and is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Santa Cruz County, California. She is currently a faculty member of the University of the Pacific Low Residency MFA Program.