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Girls Write Now is thrilled that Jenny Zhang will be our keynote speaker on June 15, for the final event in our 20th Anniversary Spring Celebrations. The reading will be held from 6-8pm at the New-York Historical Society
The CHAPTERS Reading Series showcases today’s new voices, including Girls Write Now mentees Jiselle Abraham, Saony Castillo, Lila Cooper, Medelin Cuevas, Kimberly Dominguez, Jacquelyn Eke, Zoe Fisher, Regina Fontanelli, Hasina Foye, Berenize Garcia, Analise Guerrero, Gianny Guzman, Lily He, Winnie Kong, Betsy Morales, Amina Mukhtar, Saradine Nazaire, Sarah Ramirez, Pilar Reyes, Tasnim Tarannum, and Min Hui Zheng.
Girls Write Now alumnae pair, mentee alumna Lashanda Anakwah and her mentor Rachel Cohen, will be the evening’s emcees.
Jenny Zhang is a poet and writer living in New York City.
A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart (Lenny), establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. Narrated by the daughters of Chinese immigrants who fled imperiled lives as artists back home only to struggle to stay afloat—dumpster diving for food and scamming Atlantic City casino buses to make a buck—these seven stories showcase Zhang’s compassion, moral courage, and a perverse sense of humor reminiscent of Portnoy’s Complaint. A darkly funny and intimate rendering of girlhood, Sour Heart examines what it means to belong to a family, to find your home, leave it, reject it, and return again.
June CHAPTERS will also feature special guest Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Jennifer sits at the nexus of one of the world’s leading entertainment and media companies, WME. After selling her own small company to the William Morris Agency, Walsh served on the Board of Directors as the first woman ever and continued serving at WME after the company merged with Endeavor. As the head of WME’s Worldwide Literary, Lectures, and Conference Divisions, she steers the industry’s most prominent book business with the largest presence of any agency on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Walsh has stewarded the careers of some of today’s most seminal literary lions. Walsh’s prestigious and best-selling client list includes authors such as Alice Munro, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, Ann Brashares, Sue Monk Kidd, Jeannette Walls, Elon Musk, Tom Clancy Estate, Ken Burns, Curtis Sittenfeld, Amy Bloom, Chris Matthews, Howard Schultz, Brené Brown, Janet Evanovich, and Oprah Winfrey among others.
Walsh spearheaded the launch of WME’s conference division, beginning with the creation of the WME Women’s Summit, and constructing national conferences for Oprah Winfrey with The Life You Want Tour, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive, Cosmo Magazine’s Fun Fearless Life, and the premiere Christian women’s conference Women Of Faith. Most recently, Walsh is the founder of Together Live, a multicultural touring event that brings an array of thought leaders, activists, athletes, and celebrity guests to cities across the country for a night of inspired talks and interactive conversation focused on purpose, community, and social action. She also hosts a podcast, Do It on Purpose presented by Together Live.
Walsh sits on the Board of Directors for the National Book Foundation. She also sits on the Board of Directors of her alma mater, Kenyon College. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.
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