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Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind

Sonora Jha, Michael Spence, Wilson Diehl, Anca Szilgyi, and Steve Barker (NA)

Thursday • September 11 • 6:30pm

Office Nomads 1617 Boylston Ave

Reading & Book Signing

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Join us at Wage Slaves, a new Seattle reading series where writers share stories and poems about the jobs they've loved, lost, hated, tolerated, and sometimes, quit in a frenzied rage. This month's event will take place at the Capitol Hill Art Walk and feature five Seattle authors reading stories and poems about making a buck. Readers will include Sonora Jha (Foreign: A Novel), Michael Spence (The Bus Driver's Threnody, Crush Depth, Adam Chooses), Wilson Diehl (New York Times, Salon, Babble), Anca Szilagyi (Gastronomica, Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review), and Steve Barker (The Weeklings, Split Lip Magazine).

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No Image Available Sonora Jha is a novelist and a professor of journalism. She was born in India and had a successful career as a journalist in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Singapore before moving to the United States to earn a PhD in Political Communication. She is now Associate Professor of Journalism at Seattle University. Her debut novel, Foreign, exploring both Seattle and the suicide of farmers in the villages of contemporary India, has met with much critical acclaim and brings together her work as a journalist, an academic, and a creative writer. She is now writing a memoir.

Michael Spence spent a hitch as a junior officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, then drove public-transit buses in the Seattle area for thirty years, retiring from the latter job five months ago. His poems have appeared recently in The Hudson Review, The North American Review, and Tampa Review. Other work is forthcoming in Measure, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and Tar River Poetry. He was awarded a 2014 Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust, and his fourth book—The Bus Driver's Threnody—is forthcoming this fall from Truman State University Press.

Wilson Diehl's work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Babble, Fit Pregnancy, The Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa and has been teaching writing since 2000. Shes currently working on a collection of personal essays about the hazards of marriage and motherhood.

Anca Szilagyi's short fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. Her novel-in-progress, Paralegal, was recently awarded a grant from 4Culture. In 2012, she was named an inaugural Made at Hugo House fellow. She teaches creative writing at Richard Hugo House, co-curates The Furnace Reading Series at Hollow Earth Radio, and writes for the Ploughshares blog. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the "fresh new faces in Seattle fiction."

Steven Barker is co-founder of the Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose reading series at Richard Hugo House. In 2009, he co-edited the chapbook Hill Poems: A Collection of Capitol Hill Poetry. He is a 2014-2015 Made at Hugo House fellow and is working on a collection of essays that detail the wide range of short-term jobs he's held over the past ten years.

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