Open Bard Literary Series: Jennifer Wortman
Join us for a reading from Jennifer Wortman's new collection of short stories, "This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love." The collection contains thirteen stories, full-length and flash, that explore love—sexual, platonic, filial, and beyond—in its gritty and beguiling forms
A small-town teenager pursues an eccentric pinball wizard after her grandfather’s move to her home shakes up her parents’ marriage; a chronic depressive turns to a TV animal psychic in hopes of mending her relationship with her dog-loving dad; a middle-aged recovering alcoholic goes back to college and becomes fixated on his stern professor. As characters in various stages of life try to navigate love, they court obsession, madness, and transcendence.
Jennifer Wortman grew up in Gambier, Ohio, home of Kenyon College and, reportedly, the Gates of Hell. She’s spent most of her adulthood in Colorado, where she teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, serves as an associate fiction editor for Colorado Review, and tries to do right by her husband and two kids. Her fiction, essays, and poetry appear in TriQuarterly, Copper Nickel, Glimmer Train, Normal School, Electric Literature, Brevity, SmokeLong Quarterly, Juked, and elsewhere. Her story collection This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love. was a finalist for the 2018 Indiana Review Blue Light Books Prize and is now available from Split Lip Press.
Doors and Cash Bar for all Open Bard events are at 6pm. Reading begins at 6:30. Entry by suggestion $10+ donation.