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Jaquira Diaz at Montgomery College, Germantown Campus, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in BE 151-152

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Category: Guest Lectures

Published: 2020-02-05 00:00:01.000

<p>Please join us for the first event of the Spring 2020 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speakers Series. On February 19, Jaquira Diaz will deliver a presentation titled, "<i>Ordinary girls: A Memoir</i>." Ordinary Girls is a fierce, beautiful, and unflinching memoir from a wildly talented debut author. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Jaquira D&iacute;az found herself caught between extremes: as her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was surrounded by the love of her friends; as she longed for a family and home, she found instead a life upended by violence.</p>
<p>When: Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m.</p>
<p>Where: Germantown Campus in BE 151-152</p>
<p>Jaquira D&iacute;az was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami. She is the author of <i>Ordinary Girls: A Memoir</i>, a Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Selection, a Fall 2019 Barnes &amp; Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, a November 2019 Indie Next Pick, and a Library Reads October pick. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Fader, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Best American Essays 2016, among other publications. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kenyon Review, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A former Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's MFA Program in Creative Writing, and Consulting Editor at the Kenyon Review, she splits her time between Montr&eacute;al and Miami Beach, with her partner, the writer Lars Horn. Her second book, I Am Deliberate: A Novel, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books.</p>
<p>This event is free and open to the public. It also meets the multicultural diversity training requirement for MC employees. For directions to campus and information on the full series, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p>
<p>Light refreshments will be served.</p>

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