From Spain to New York and Canada, from painting to performance art and music, Miguel Ángel Hernández, Molly Prentiss, and Eric Beck Rubin explore the lives of artists and their surroundings. Hosted by Sheniz Janmohamed, Ali Hassan moderates.
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Location change: This event is now taking place in the Studio Theatre.
Ali Hassan is a Stand-Up Comedian and Canadian television and radio personality. He is the host of Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio and SiriusXM and has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival, JFL42 and the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival. In August of 2016, he also took his solo show Muslim, Interrupted to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world. His film work includes the movies Breakaway, Goon, and French Immersion, and Ali can be seen on television right now in recurring roles on the hit show Man Seeking Woman (FX) and Odd Squad (PBSKids), and in the upcoming CTV series, Cardinal.
Miguel Ángel Hernández was one of the finalists for the prestigious Herralde Novel Awards for The Instant of Danger in 2015. This award is one of the most renown fiction prizes in Spain. The author is currently enjoying a fellowship at Cornell University. He will be presenting Escape Attempt, a story about the power of art and the artist as an agent of change. Supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
Sheniz Janmohamed is an author, artist educator, spoken word artist and occasional land artist. She has performed at venues around the world including the Jaipur Literature Festival and the Aga Khan Museum. She has authored two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010)and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014), and is currently working on her third collection of nature-inspired ghazals.
Molly Prentiss was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She was a Writer in Residence at Workspace at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Vermont Studio Center and was chosen as an Emerging Writer Fellow by the Aspen Writers Foundation. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the California College of the Arts. Her debut novel, Tuesday Nights in 1980, is all about New York City, art and being an artist. She lives in Brooklyn.
Eric Beck Rubin is a professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto, and School of Velocity is his first foray into fiction. He is currently at work on a second novel: an ambitious, multi-voiced family saga spanning several generations, from pre-World War II Germany to present-day New York and Canada. The author lives in Toronto, Canada.