Reading with Savannah Johnston,

Kristen Millares Young,

Erika T. Wurth, and Lily Hoang

Monday, October 11,

5 PM PST / 7 PM CST / 8 PM EST

Savannah Johnston – Rites: Stories


Set in Oklahoma, this collection of short stories documents the quiet sorrow of everyday life as Johnston’s characters traverse the normalized, heartbreaking rites of passage such as burying a grandfather, mother, or husband, becoming a sex worker, or reconnecting with family after prison; the effects are subtle, yet loud, and always enduring. Johnston delivers this economy of loss and resilience with biting, captivating prose.

“Savannah Johnston in her debut collection, Rites: Stories is shown to be a writer of beautifully and calmly compressed prose and sly, powerful storytelling.” —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone and The Maid’s Version

Savannah Johnston is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, HTMLgiant, and Gravel, among others. She lives in New York City.

Kristen Millares Young – Subduction

Photo by Jenn Furber

Fleeing the shattered remains of her marriage and a betrayal by her sister, in the throes of a midlife freefall, Latina anthropologist Claudia Ranks retreats from Seattle to Neah Bay, a Native American whaling village on the jagged Pacific coast. Claudia yearns to lose herself to the songs of the tribe and the secrets of her guide, a spirited hoarder named Maggie. But when, spurred by his mother’s failing memory, Maggie’s prodigal son Peter returns seeking answers to his father’s murder, Claudia discovers in him the abandon she craves. Through the passionate and violent collision of these two outsiders, Subduction portrays not only their strange allegiance after grievous losses but also their imperfect attempts to find community on the Makah Indian Reservation.

“The brilliance of Subduction only suggests the wonders to come. It is a good day for us when Kristen Millares Young puts pen to paper. Highly recommended.”—Luis Alberto Urrea, winner of the American Book Award and author of The House of Broken Angels

Kristen Millares Young is the author of the novel Subduction, a Paris Review staff pick called “whip-smart” by the Washington Post and “a brilliant debut” by the Seattle Times. Shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Subduction won silver Nautilus and IPPY awards and was a finalist for a Foreword Indies Book of the Year and two International Latino Book Awards. Her essays, reviews and investigations appear in the Washington Post, The Rumpus, PANK Magazine, the Guardian, Literary Hub, and the anthologies Alone Together and Advanced Creative Nonfiction. She is the editor of Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, which is a finalist for the 2021 Washington State Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. A former Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence, Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer. She teaches a bilingual writing workshop for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Erika T. Wurth – Whitehorse



Erika T. Wurth’s speculative novel Whitehorse is forthcoming from Flatiron/Macmillan. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Buzzfeed, Boulevard, The Writer’s Chronicle, Waxwing and The Kenyon Review. She is a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop Scholar, attended the Tin House Summer Workshop, and is a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver installation. She is of  Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee descent and was raised outside of Denver where she lives with her partner, stepchildren, and extremely fluffy dogs.

“Wurth is a master of brutal beauty and hypnotic prose.” —Andrea Kneeland, author of How to Pose for Hustler

Moderated by Lily Hoang




Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary, a PEN USA Non-Fiction Award finalist, and Changing, the recipient of a PEN Open Book Award. She has two forthcoming works in 2021: her novel Underneath, winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Award, and her micro-tale collection The Mute Kids (Spuyten Duyvil Press). She is the Director of the MFA in Writing at UC San Diego.

Past Events

Jaded Ibis Press invites you to Come as You Are: A virtual discussion, moderated by Elizabeth Earley, between Carly Israel and Ilana Masad, on Sept 8 at 7 pm (EDT). Family history, writing, and everything in between is up for discussion as each author delves into the publication of their debut book!

Second and Inches


A child of alcoholics and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Carly Israel struggles to conceal her addictions and self-hatred—a path that can only end in death or sobriety. She embarks on a journey to healing but faces a new set of challenges when her youngest child develops life-threatening medical issues.

Carly Israel, founder of the podcast Northstar Big Book, has written about parenting, divorce, and recovery for the Huffington Post and other venues. She mentors others in recovery and is committed to looking for the gift or lesson in every experience. Seconds and Inches is her first book.

All My Mother’s Lovers: (Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2020)

Despite her parents’ example of domestic bliss, twenty-seven year old Maggie Krause has found serious relationships elusive, until, perhaps, meeting her girlfriend Lucia. When Maggie’s mom Iris dies suddenly in a car crash, she returns home to her upended life, a devastated father and brother. While there, she comes across her mother’s will and five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man.

In an effort to discover the truth about the mother she never fully understood and who never wholly accepted her sexuality, Maggie embarks on a road trip to hand deliver the letters, only to encounter Iris’s second, secret life, and the woman she thought she knew shattered.

Ilana Masad is a queer Israeli-American writer, essayist, and book critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the Paris Review, NPR, BuzzFeed, Catapult, StoryQuarterly, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, as well as several others. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories podcast and a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also serves as the Assistant Nonfiction Editor for Prairie Schooner. All My Mother’s Lovers is her debut novel.”

Jaded Ibis Press invites you to Against the Grain: A virtual author event on September 26 at 4 pm (PDT). Join Donna Miscolta and Soniah Kamal, hosted by Lily Hoang, in a discussion on inspiration and crafting strong female characters, among other topics.

Donna Miscolta

Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories: (Forthcoming from Jaded Ibis Press 2020)

Soniah Kamal

Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan: (Ballantine Books 2019)