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Augury Books Launch Event with Joe Pan and Carey McHugh

Readings from Augury Books authors Joe Pan and Carey McHugh, as well as Debora Kuan and Karen Russell.


Joe Pan grew up along the Space Coast of Florida and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut poetry book, Autobiomythography & Gallery, was named “Best First Book of the Year” by Coldfront magazine. His work has appeared in such places as ArtworldBoston ReviewDenver Quarterly,Greensboro ReviewGlimmer Train and The New York Times. He is the founder of Brooklyn Arts Press, an independent publishing house, and lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Carey McHugh’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and Tin House, among others. Her chapbook Original Instructions for the Perfect Preservation of Birds &c. was selected by Rae Armantrout for the Poetry Society of America’s 2008 New York Chapbook Fellowship. She lives and works in Manhattan.

Karen Russell is a fiction writer whose haunting yet comic tales blend fantastical elements with psychological realism and classic themes of transformation and redemption. Setting much of her work in the Everglades of her native Florida, she depicts in lyrical, energetic prose an enchanting and forbidding landscape and delves into subcultures rarely encountered in contemporary American literature.

Debora Kuan is the author of XING (Saturnalia Books, 2011) and the recipient of a Fulbright creative writing fellowship and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, among other awards. Her poems have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review and Fence, among other journals, and her fiction in Brooklyn Rail, Opium and L Magazine, which awarded her its Literary Upstart Short Fiction award in 2010. She has also written about contemporary art, books and film for Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters and other publications. She was both a nonfiction and fiction fellow at the CUNY Writers’ Institute in 2010-2012, and has taught at the University of Iowa, the College of New Jersey and New York Institute of Technology.


Earlier Event: October 3
Lyric Hunter, Bill Berkson & Lewis Warsh
Later Event: October 8
Ted Mathys & Rebecca Wolff