Sat Apr 8, 3:00 PM - Sat Apr 8, 4:30 PM

Union Ave Books

517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Community: Knoxville


Lori Horvitz, with Shlagha Borah and Leo Coffey, brings her forthcoming collection to Knoxville! Come and join us for one of the best events in Knoxville.

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Union Ave Books is excited to bring you a reading featuring Lori Horvitz from her forthcoming collection, Collect Call to My Mother.

Horvitz will be accompanied by readings from Leo Coffey and ShLagha Borah.

This event will take place on April 8, 2023, at 3 pm. While this event is free, please register for your spot.

Lori Horvitz’ first collection of memoir-essays, The Girls of Usually (Truman State UP), won the 2016 Gold Medal IPPY Book Award in Autobiography/Memoir.

Her creative nonfiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Under the Sun, Hobart, Epiphany, South Dakota Review, The Laurel Review, Chattahoochee Review, The Guardian, Bustle, and Hotel Amerika. Professor of English at UNC Asheville, Horvitz has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, Cottages at HedGebrook, VCCA, Ragdale, Blue Mountain Center, and Brush Creek. She holds a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Albany, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

Collect Call to My Mother follows Lori Horvitz’ experiences as a queer Jewish New Yorker living in the South, looking for love in the internet age. When she teaches a class of queer college students who look to her as a role model, what they don’t know is that she spent her twenties and thirties in the closet, and leapt from one relationship disaster to the next. Each of her turbulent trysts helps unearth the roots of her poor judgment: a chaotic upbringing, compounded by her mother’s emotional distance and early death.

In these essays exploring themes of love, family, and grief, Horvitz gradually embraces who she is and finds a healthy, long-term relationship.

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