Party with “The Pinch”

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The fall 2014 issue of The Pinch, the literary journal produced twice a year by the creative writing program at the University of Memphis, is here, and there’s a party to celebrate with music, food, and, this being a literary crowd, a trio of readings. The event is Friday, October 24th, starting at 7 p.m. at Amurica (410 N. Cleveland).

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The latest volume of The Pinch draws from the work of short-story writers, essayists, and poets from all over the map (e.g., Austin, Brooklyn, Denver, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.), but among the visual artists featured, several are locally based or connected: Brandon Dill (photographer for The Commercial Appeal), working alone and in collaboration with Rebecca Parker, and painters Tyler Hildebrand, Christan Mitchell, and Anne Siems. Gary Golightly, of the University of Memphis, again provides the art for the issue’s front and back covers.

According to Eric McQuade, fiction editor for this year’s fall issue of The Pinch, music by the band Purvis will kick things off at Friday night’s party, and the food truck Hot Mess Burritos will be on hand. Also on hand: three writers reading from their work:

In the fiction category, Gabriel Houck (represented in this Pinch issue), who’s in the creative writing program at the University of Nebraska and at work on his first short-story collection; in the poetry category, Tara Mae Mulroy, graduate of the University of Memphis MFA program and whose chapbook Philomela came out last January; and in the creative nonfiction category, Emily Rich of Arlington, Virginia, whose “On the Road to Human Rights Day” was listed as a notable entrant in The Best American Essays of 2014.

For more information on the Pinch party on Friday night, contact Eric McQuade at mmcqade1@memphis.edu. •

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