June 6th with Michelle Huneven & Patrick O’Neil

We are so excited about our June writers and our June 6th event.  It should be a lovely evening packing plenty of literary punch, so please mark your calendars for these two great writers.

More on the eventing to come, but for now, learn a little bit more about Patrick O’Neil and Michelle Huneven.

Patrick O’Neil writes nonfiction, makes short films, and when nobody is looking, he plays music. His essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, most notably: Word Riot, Blood Orange Review, Weave Magazine, and SoMa Literary Review. His memoir, about his former life as a junkie bank robber titled Opacity, is busy being read by indie presses and agents. His short punk themed documentaries have been rejected from numerous film festivals. He assistant teaches English comp at a community college to students whose idea of literature is a text message. He currently lives in Hollywood California and holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Michelle Huneven received an M.F.A. at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and her first published story won a G.E. Younger Writers Award and re-publication in Harper’s magazine.  Her first novel, Round Rock (Knopf 1997), was a New York Times notable book of the year, one of the LA Times best 100 books of the year. Her second novel, Jamesland (Knopf 2003) was also a New York Times notable book, a Book Sense pick and a winner of the Southern California Booksellers Award for Fiction. Her third novel Blame was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.  All three of her novels have been nominated for an LA Times Book Award.  Her short fiction has been published in Harpers, Redbook, and the forthcoming Slake Magazine.  She received a Whiting Award for Fiction in 2002.

Michelle has also co-authored (with Bernadette Murphy) a book on women and real estate, The Tao Gal’s Guide to Real Estate (Bloomsbury 2007).

For many years, Michelle worked as a restaurant critic and food writer for the LA Weekly and The LA Times. Her journalism has also been published in the New York Times, O, Gourmet, and many other periodicals.  Essays have appeared in the following anthologies:  Horse People, Dog is My Co-Pilot, The Knitter’s Gift, Death by Pad Thai, Mr. Wrong.    Michelle presently teaches creative writing at UCLA.  She lives with her husband and multiple pets in the town she grew up in, Altadena, CA.


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