Who Am I?
A Fiction Panel

Creating identity in stories of fitting in – and out. The stories AI wouldn’t have the chutzpah to tell! Our fiction panel will celebrate inventive, authentic, uncompromising storytelling voices. Hosted by Kevin Holohan.

Jennifer Belle is the best-selling author of four novels, Going Down (named best debut novel by Entertainment Weekly), High Maintenance, Little Stalker, and The Seven Year Bitch; and Animal Stackers, a picture book for children. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Independent (London), Harper’s Bazaar, Ms. Blackbook, the New York Observer, and many anthologies. Her new novel Swanna In Love has been called, “Both a riotous page turner and a thoughtful examination of girlhood, vulnerability, and sexual power,” in a starred review from Kirkus. She lives in New York City and Olivebridge and is excited to have a reading at The Golden Notebook in Woodstock on April 13th at 2pm.

Javier Fuentes is a Spanish American writer, a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow, who earned an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University where he was a teaching fellow. Born in Barcelona, he lives in New York.

James Hannaham is a writer, a visual artist, or both. His novel, Delicious Foods, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was named a Notable Book by the New York Times. He has shown work at Open Source Gallery, the Center for Emerging Visual Artistsand won best in show at Main Street Arts’ 2020 exhibit “Biblio Spectaculum.” In 2021, Hannaham released Pilot Impostor, a multigenre book inspired by an anthology of Fernando Pessoa’s poetry. His 2022 novel, Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta, won the Ferro-Grumley Award from Publishing Triangle; garnered him a second Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and was a Kirkus Best Book of 2022, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and a New York Times Notable Book. John Irving, writing in the New York Times Book Review, called it “wondrous;” and the Financial Times praised the novel’s “unrelentingly vulgar language.” Hannaham was awarded a 2023 Guggenheim grant, thereby losing the ability to complain about pretty much anything.

Kevin Holohan’s debut novel was the critically acclaimed The Brothers’ Lot, which the Times Literary Supplement called “a witty, brilliant, devastating expression of outrage.” A native of Dublin, Holohan now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. Holohan has performed the works of Beckett, Joyce, and others at the Irish Arts Center, An Beal Bocht Cafe, and Dixon Place. His stories and essays have appeared in the Sunday Tribune, Whispers and Shouts, the Irish Echo, and Writing.ie. His most recent novel, So You Wanna Run a Country? was called “a raucous, engrossing, unsettling whirlwind of a story that is as disarmingly novel as it is disturbingly familiar” by Kirkus Reviews.

Lynn Schmeidler’s fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, the Georgia Review, KR Online, the Southern Review, and other publications. She won the 2023 BOMB Fiction Contest for her short story “InventEd.” Schmeidler is the author of the poetry book History of Gone and two poetry chapbooks, Wrack Lines and Curiouser & CuriouserHalf-Lives is her debut story collection.

Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker Street
Saturday March 23, 2024