mu melissa febosEvent: A Reading by Melissa Febos

Date: Tuesday, September 16,2014

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Where: Wilson Hall Auditorium, 400 Cedar Ave.,West Long Branch, NJ

Sponsor: Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. –  The 2014-2015 Visiting Writers Series opens with a reading by award-winning fiction writer Melissa Febos on Tuesday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium on Monmouth University’s campus.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, “Whip Smart,” a candid, hard-slogging debut about her four years working as a dominatrix at a midtown Manhattan dungeon whose “electrifying prose and unremitting honesty,” Kirkus Reviews said, “expertly captures grace within depravity.” Publisher’s Weeklyexplains the writing, “cuts a sharp line between prurience and feminist manifesto…in this emotionally stark, excoriating work, Febos mines the darkest, most troubling aspects of human interaction.”

Melissa Febos grew up on Cape Cod and at 15 dropped out of high school and home-schooled herself for a year. At 16, she moved to Boston and scooped ice cream for a living while taking night classes at Harvard. After moving to New York in 1999, she graduated from The New School University, spent four years working as a professional dominatrix, and received an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Febos is the co-founder/curator of the popular Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan. She has taught writing at Purchase College, The New School, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Utica College, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, among other places, and is currently assistant professor of Creative Nonfiction at Monmouth University.

Febos has been featured on NPR, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper Live,” The Atlantic, Tin Houseonline, Guernica, and New York magazine. Her writing has been widely anthologized, and published in placeslike Glamour, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Post Road, BOMB, Hunger Mountain, Salon, Dissent, The Brooklyn Rail, Bitch Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education Review. Selected by Lia Purpura as the winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest, she is the recipient of a 2013 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Artist Grant, a 2012 Bread Loaf Nonfiction Fellowship, a 2014 Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowship, and MacDowell Colony fellowships in 2010, 2011, and 2014.

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writers Series

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writers Series brings the most celebrated poets and authors from around the world (Andrei Codrescu, Colm Tóibín, Adam Zagajewski,) and our own back yard (Long Branch’s own US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky) to the beautiful auditorium of the University’s centerpiece, historic Wilson Hall. With our Visiting Writers Series, we hope the audience will experience a renewed sense of their relationship to poetry and fiction, to language, and to be moved emotionally by that writer’s representation of what it means to be a human being, whether that experience is one of joy, celebration, longing, or sorrow. For additional information, please contact the director of the Visiting Writers Series, Michael Thomas at 732-263-5635 or visit online at www.monmouth.edu/arts