Monday, June 14th at 7pm EST
Live on CrowdCast
Join us for the twentieth episode of Write America featuring New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer & social worker, poet, and activist Lora Tucker as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
MEG WOLITZER’s many novels include The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, The Ten-Year Nap, and The Wife, which was made into a film that garnered Glenn Close an Academy Award nomination. Wolitzer, who has also written books for young readers, was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017. She co-founded and co-directs BookEnds, a yearlong, non-degree intensive in the novel, as part of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.
LORA TUCKER, LMSW, CASAC 2, is Brooklyn born and educated; now living in Sag Harbor, NY. Lora has had over 30 years teaching “Unlearning Stereotypes,” cultural competence and advocating for racial and social justice throughout the New York area. As the “Therapeutic Poet,” she has had her poetry featured in NYC venues since 1992, has a blog on POZ online magazine and self-published her first book of poetry, Writes of Passage. She nurtured her writing through workshops, like the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and is an “alumnus” of the Louis Reyes Rivera Writing Workshop.
She is now facilitating poetry therapy workshops for Stonybrook/ Southampton Hospital; presently co-facilitating a wellness program for the staff of the Parrish Art Museum. She has recently been featured and published in The East Hampton Star, the NY State Preservation League’s blog and was Ms. September (poem of the month) at Brooklyn Poets YAWP. She was recently installed as the poetry editor for African Voices literary magazine and volunteers for the John Jermaine Memorial Library; having facilitated their film discussions on racial justice and inclusion for their “Tough Topics” group and Film Club.
Presently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at Stonybrook University (at the tender age of 61,) she received for the second year in a row the Sarah Martell Award for mid career, returning women students. (Which means it’s for mature women who love learning!) Lora is determined to write about her search for her father’s contributions as a Tuskegee Airman.
Her “nine to five” were a corporate interior designer, credentialed alcohol and drug counselor, and a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. She’s now a writer until further notice.