The creative writing program and English department at Mesa Community College are proud to welcome Ed Gauvin and Gwendolyn Paradice for a reading Tuesday, April 4 starting at 7:00 p.m. This digital event can be accessed at this link or via phone at 1 602-666-0783, access code ‪2496 331 5296. Any questions/concerns can be directed to Jeremy Broyles, Please join us for a memorable evening with two genre-bending, story-telling, word-translating writers.

Ed Gauvin, a 2021 Guggenheim fellow, has translated in fields from film to fiction, with a personal focus on contemporary comics (BD) and post-Surrealist literatures of the fantastic. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, and the Guardian, and twice placed in the British Comparative Literature Association’s John Dryden Translation Competition. It has also been shortlisted for several major awards—the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, the Best Translated Book Award, the National Translation Award—and twice nominated for French-American Foundation Translation Prize. He has received fellowships from the NEA, PEN America, the Fulbright program, and the Centre National du Livre, as well as residencies from Ledig House, the Lannan Foundation, the Banff Centre, and the Belgian government. A multiple grantee of the French Voices program from the French Embassy, he is a frequent contributor to their cultural initiatives. As a translation advocate, he has written widely, spoken at universities and festivals, and taught at the Bread Loaf Translation Conference. The translator of over 400 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders.

Gwendolyn Paradice is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, identifies as two-spirited, and is hard of hearing. They’re a writer of nonfiction and fiction, leaning into speculative subgenres, hybrid writing, and experimental forms and structures. Their first collection of short stories, More Enduring for having Been Broken, won the Black Lawrence Press 2019 Hudson Prize and was published in early 2021. Their co-authored chapbook, Carnival Bound (or, please unwrap me), was an editor’s choice pick from the Cupboard Pamphlet and was published by the press in late 2019. Gwendolyn’s short fiction and essays can be found in Crab Orchard Review, Booth, Hypertext, Tin House (online), Uncanny Magazine, Craft, and others. They retain an MFA from Bennington College and a PhD from the University of Missouri. They are currently an Assistant Professor of English at Murray State University, and when they’re not teaching, reading, or writing, you can find them playing video games, powerlifting, or inventing theme songs for their dog (who is a very good boi).

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