5:30 p.m: Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas
Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas graduated with both a creative nonfiction writing and a literary translation MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Drown Sever Sing from Anomalous press and Don’t Come Back, from Mad River Books, an imprint of the Ohio State University Press. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translation work has been featured in journals including The Bellingham Review, The Chicago Review, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Poets & Writers and the Sunday Rumpus among others. She won the Best of the Net, the Iron Horse Review’s Discovered Voices Award, has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and is a Rona Jaffe fellow. She moved from Colombia to China to Columbus to Richmond, Virginia where she works as an assistant professor for the Virginia Commonwealth University.
5:30 p.m: Sarah Viren
Sarah Viren is a writer, translator, and former newspaper reporter originally from Florida by way of Missouri. She is the author of the essay collection, Mine, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, judged by Andre Dubus III, and translator of the novella Córdoba Skies by the Argentine author Federico Falco. Her essays and poems have appeared in Guernica, AGNI, the Iowa Review, the Oxford American, Texas Monthly and other magazines. She teaches at Arizona State University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.