Alumni Authors First Books Spotlight: Sanaë Lemoine, Ariel Resnikoff, and Courtney Zoffness
May 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree
In honor of alumni weekend, join us on Zoom for a celebration of three alumni authors who have recently published their first books: Sanaë Lemoine (C’11), author of the novel The Margot Affair (Hogarth/Crown, 2020), Ariel Resnikoff (GR’19), author of the poetry collection Unnatural Bird Migrator (Operating System, 2020), and Courtney Zoffness, (C’00) author of the essay collection Spilt Milk (McSweeney’s, 2021). After short readings by each author, we’ll have an open conversation about publishing today: How does an idea become a book? How does publishing change during a pandemic? And how do you connect with readers when you can’t gather in person?
Sanaë Lemoine was born in Paris to a Japanese mother and a French father. She was raised in France and Australia, and now lives in New York. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. The Margot Affair is her first novel.
Ariel Resnikoff is the author of Unnatural Bird Migrator (Operating System 2020) and the chapbooks Ten-Four: Poems, Translations, Variations (Operating System 2015), with Jerome Rothenberg, and Between Shades (Materialist Press 2014). With Stephen Ross, he is at work on the first critical bilingual edition of Mikhl Likht’s modernist Yiddish long poem, Processions, and with Lilach Lachman and Gabriel Levin, he is translating into English the collected writings of the translingual-Hebrew poet, Avot Yeshurun. Ariel has taught courses on multilingual diasporic literatures at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (UPenn) and at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. In 2019, he completed his PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently a Fulbright Postdoctoral US Scholar.
Courtney Zoffness writes fiction and nonfiction. She won the Sunday Times Short Story Award, a Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship, the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, and residency fellowships from MacDowell. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the New York Times, The Southern Review, Guernica, Longreads, and elsewhere, and she had “notable” Best American Essays in 2018 and 2019. Her debut, Spilt Milk (McSweeney’s, 2021), was named a Most Anticipated Book of the year by LitHub, The Millions, Refinery29, and other outlets. Courtney directs the creative writing program at Drew University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.