Moss Volume 7 Launch Party
Join Moss staff and contributors to celebrate the publication of our latest issue, with readings from Kim Fu, Matt Briggs, Nanya Jhingran, Shin Yu Pai, Rita Wirkala, and Katherine Morgan.
For eight years, Moss has worked to build connections and create community among writers and readers from all over the Pacific Northwest—come be a part of that community! Hear readings from local favorites. Mingle with other NW-lit lovers. Raise a glass on Hugo House's beautiful terrace. And pick up the new issue if you're not already subscribed. (Current subscribers will also be able to pick up the issue rather than having it mailed.)
Nanya Jhingran is a poet, scholar and teacher from Lucknow, India currently living by the coastal margin of the Salish Sea, on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish People (upon which the city of Seattle was built). She is an Associate Editor at Poetry Northwest, where she edits the book reviews section. Her recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Seventh Wave, Poetry Northwest, and Honey Literary, among others. You can find her online at nanyajhingran.com
Shin Yu Pai
Shin Yu Pai is the author of several books of poetry, including Virga, ENSŌ, Sightings: Selected Works (2000-2005), Aux Arcs, Adamantine, and Equivalence. She served as the fourth poet laureate of the City of Redmond, Washington, from 2015 to 2017. She is a three-time fellow of MacDowell and has completed residencies at Taipei Artist Village, Centrum, and The Ragdale Foundation. She writes, hosts, and produces the podcast The Blue Suit for KUOW Public Radio. For more information, visit shinyupai.com
Matt Briggs is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. His essay "Falling and Always Falling: Twin Peaks and the Clear-Cut Landscape" appeared in Moss: Volume One. His short stories have been published in The Seattle Review, StringTown, the Chicago Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of eight works of fiction, including the novel in stories The Remains of River Names and the novel Shoot the Buffalo, which was nominated for a Washington State Book Award and won the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award. Briggs grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley and currently live in Des Moines, Washington.
Rita Wirkala is an award-winning Argentine writer and educator living in Seattle. After years of academic writing and teaching at the University of Washington, she now writes novels, short stories, children's poetry, and literary reviews, and works with emerging writers teaching classes and creative writing workshops. Her work has been published in Spain, Argentina, and the United States and has won praise from major Spanish-language newspapers. She holds a PhD in Spanish Literature.
Katherine D. Morgan is the author of the debut chapbook No Self-Respecting Woman. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming at Huffington Post, Bitch Media, LitHub, The Rumpus, and HelloGiggles, among others. Katherine’s work has been nominated for the two Best of Net awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works at Powell’s Books.
Kim Fu is the author of, most recently, the story collection Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Foreword, Booklist, and Quill and Quire. Her first novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her second novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the OLA Evergreen Award. Fu’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times, BOMB, Hazlitt, and the TLS. She lives in Seattle.