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Book Launch and Readings of Works-in-Progress

Saturday, March 25, 2023

2–4 pm at Poquatuck Hall, 1160 Skippers Lane

On Saturday, March 25, 2023, 2-4 p.m., North Fork Women will host Get Lit. The book launch for novelist Melanie Mitzner and poet Elaine Sexton will also feature works-in-progress by memoirist/producer Roma Baran and playwright/author Elizabeth Primamore. Book signings by Mitzner and Sexton will follow the readings.

  • Baran will read from her memoir written after she discovered her deceased Catholic parents, who barely survived the Holocaust, took the secret of their Judaism to the grave in I Write to the Dead.
  • Mitzner’s Slow Reveal, published by Inanna Publications, York University, Toronto, is set in New York and the North Fork. The novel explores the relationship between the creative process and building intimacy and trust in love through a nuclear and chosen family of artists who defy the arbiters of culture and challenge social norms.
  • Primamore will read an excerpt of narrative non-fiction from Daring Lives, Crucial Art: Five Women Writers in the 1950s, who came to New York to become writers, became friends, and despite the odds, were successful.
  • Sexton will read from Drive, poems that explore fragile points of connections to lovers and family, to the living and the dead, and to oneself, one’s own life’s work.

Roma Baran

Academy Award and Grammy nominee, Canadian Folk Music Best Album and a NAMM Tec award winner Roma Baran is a writer, music producer, engineer, musician and attorney. She produced albums in the US, Canada and Europe, including Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” which shot to the top of the British pop charts. For more info: baranstoll.com

Melanie Mitzner

Edward Albee Fellow and fiction grant recipient, Melanie Mitzner is a finalist in four fiction and screenwriting competitions. Her novel Slow Reveal was published by Inanna Publications, Toronto in 2022. She’s written for Gay & Lesbian Review, Wine Spectator, Vol1Brooklyn, and Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly. For more info/excerpts: melaniemitzner.com.

Elizabeth Primamore

Author/playwright Elizabeth Primamore published short stories in Sweet Tree Review (2019), The Opiate and Hawaii Review (2020). Her latest book is Shady Women: Three Short Plays (2018). An O’Neill semi-finalist, her personal essays have been published in various anthologies. For more info: elizabethprimamore.com

Elaine Sexton

Elaine Sexton is the author of poetry collections Prospect, Refuge and Sleuth. Her newest collection is Drive, published by Grid Books in 2022. Her poems are published widely and frequently anthologized. She teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute. For more info: elainesexton.org.

North Fork Women strongly encourages all attendees to have had a COVID vaccination in order to best protect themselves and those around them.

North Fork Women strongly encourages all attendees to have had a COVID vaccination in order to best protect themselves and those around them.