Thursday, April 9, 2015

Keija Parssinen | Ann Breidenbach

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, for fiction by Keija Parssinen and creative nonfiction by Ann Breidenbach.


Keija Parssinen attended Princeton University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow. Her debut novel, The Ruins of Us, was published in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Italy and around the Middle East, and it was long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize. Her second novel, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, was just released by Harper Books and was named a Must-Read by Ploughshares, Bustle, Bookish, Pop Sugar, Style Bistro and more. Her work has appeared in the Lonely Planet travel-writing anthologies, Five Chapters, the New Delta Review, Salon, Marie Claire and elsewhere.


Ann Breidenbach earned her MFA from the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her memoir-in-progress, I Love You, Is That Okay?, is the story of motherhood lost and motherhood found. She takes her readers through her experience as a 19-year-old facing the heartbreaking decision of whether to give her baby up for adoption or to raise him on her own. Her personal story of motherhood and adoption is published in the newly released book Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.