Anthony Marra, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice McDermott, Ruth Ozeki, Frank Bidart, Lucie Brock-Broido, Denise Duhamel, Carmen Giménez Smith, Hilton Als, Aleksandar Hemon, Rebecca Solnit, Amy Wilentz, Scott Anderson, Leo Damrosch, Linda Leavell, Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, Sheri Fink, David Finkel, George Packer, and Lawrence Wright.
You can find more on Rose's book on Google Books: http://goo.gl/0wa75T
Rose McAleese is a poet and a filmmaker who was born on Halloween night in Seattle, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which, so far, has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life. She began writing poetry before she actually knew how to write, filling dozens of notebooks with her indecipherable scrawl. Her penmanship and spelling eventually improved and she was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team that competed at Brave New Voices National Poetry Slams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team and was named "Rookie of the Year," an honor she found both flattering and funny. In 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
McAleese works as a freelance writer, editor and director in her hometown of Seattle. In her spare time, she occupies herself by considering her next move and working on her tan. Neither project seems to be working out as planned.
Merrill Leffler speaks about his new book, Mark the Music.
Speaker Biography: Merrill Leffler has published two previous collections of poetry, Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love (Dryad Press, 1982) and Take Hold (Dryad Press, 1997). Originally a physicist-engineer at NASA, he did graduate studies in literature at the University of Maryland and Oxford University, taught literature at the U.S. Naval Academy, and went on to become senior science writer at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Program. The publisher of Dryad Press, Leffler has guest-edited issues of various magazines, among them, "Poet Lore" on Israeli poetry: "The Changing Orders" and "Shirim: The Poetry of Eytan Eytan," which he and Moshe Dor translated from the Hebrew. He is a founder of The Writer's Center (Bethesda, Md.) and currently writes the "Vox Poetica" column for the Voice newspapers in Maryland.
In honor of the release of Confidence, or The Appearance of Confidence: The Best of The Believer Music Interviews, Strand is partnering with The Believer to bring you a series of music themed conversations. To kick off this series is a conversation between musician Laurie Anderson and writer Amanda Stern. Laurie is a world-renowned performance artist, composer, and musician, well known for her pioneering work in electronic music, as well as for her invention of several experimental musical instruments. Besides her solo work, she's also collaborated with many other artists including Peter Gabriel, William S. Burroughs, and Lou Reed.
Joining Laurie for the evening will be Amanda Stern, writer, editor and creator of the acclaimed the "Happy Ending Music and Reading Series," which boasts participation by folks like Moby, A.M. Homes, Amy Hempel, and of course, Laurie. Amanda is the author of the novel The Long Haul and her work appears in places like The New York Times and Filmmaker.
Just as Confidence collects the best conversations with musicians from The Believer—from Jack White on upholstery, to M.I.A. on the internet, to Björk on poetry—this new series will bring you the best in open-ended, lively discussions between contemporary musicians and writers. Join us for this special evening as we kick off the series!
Sean Strub, founder of groundbreaking POZ magazine, visits the Strand to chat about his candid new release Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, which charts his journey from his beginnings in the world of politics, to his near-death experience as a man with AIDS in New York City during the disease's rampant epidemic years.
Sean's book recounts the radical activism he used to combat the discrimination and negativity he and so many other HIV-positive Americans experienced during the era, and features a cast of characters ranging from Tennessee Williams to Gore Vidal, from Bill Clinton to Yoko Ono.
Joining Sean for the evening is Walter Armstrong, editor in chief of POZ magazine from 1998-2005. Walter is currently at work on an oral history of gay life in the East and West Villages from 1976-1996.