The Silo Series presents three powerful voices in The Word Barn this Spring!
Adrian Shirk is the author of the hybrid memoir And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (Counterpoint, 2018). She’s a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic and other publications. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Currently, she teaches in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute, and lives on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers with Christopher Sweeney and Quentin the cat.
Tom Simpson teaches courses on religion, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he lives in a dorm with his family, coaches baseball, and teaches a seminar religion, global feminism, and film. He is the author of American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016, and his essays about postwar-Bosnia have appeared in the Canadian literary magazine Numéro Cinq.
As a member of the English faculty at Phillips Exeter from 1993-1996 & 2000-present, Mercy Carbonell has taught Advanced Senior Creative Writing Workshops and seminars on The Craft of Fiction, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Love. She has developed writing workshops for student speakers, parents, alumni and the annual MLK, Jr. Day, co-authored the 25th Anniversary of Title IX Assembly, submitted visual/literary Art in the Gallery and delivered six Meditations to the Academy Community in Phillips Church. She serves as co-Chair of the MLK Day Committee, Advisor for Arts & Activism Club, coach for various sports, Summer School Faculty/Harkness Coordinator & co-Director of The Writers’ Workshop Summer Institute. In 2016, Mercy was on Sabbatical in San Francisco doing research on Students in Social Justice Activism, writing and volunteer teaching/tutoring at 826 Valencia Writing Spaces. She lives in Exeter with her partner Lisa and her retriever Scout.
The Reading begins at 7pm (doors at 6 pm)
$5 suggested donation to help sustain The Silo Series & The Word Barn
complimentary treats, coffee & tea
beer/wine – suggested donation
** Please consider carpooling if that’s a possibility.
**Also, because cars drive fast on Newfields Road, I suggest putting your turn signal on far in advance of turning up the driveway.