Fern Kupfer & Joe Geha

Event Type: Author Visit
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 10/10/2012
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 Just Another Arab-Jewish Potluck:
A Conversation with Writers Fern Kupfer & Joe Geha
Fern Kupfer is the author Leaving Long Island, a memoir about being a woman of a certain age (born in 1946) and surviving the loss of a child, the explosive end of a long marriage, and the discovery of a genetic inheritance (the BRCA 1 gene) endemic to the Ashkenazi Jewish population. Fern Kupfer's work has appeared in Newsweek, Newsday, Redbook, Family Circle, American Way, Woman's Day, The Women's Review of Books, Writer's Digest, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Parents magazine, Moment, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan and The Des Moines Register; her essays have been widely anthologized in college texts and popular collections including Nice Jewish Girls (Plume/Penguin), The Secret Lives of Lawfully Wedded Wives and Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers on Fairytales (Anchor/Doubleday) Her columns "Mothering " and "A Certain Age" appeared every three weeks in Newsday from 1993 - 2005. Her novels' include Surviving the Seasons (Delacorte); No Regrets (Viking); Love Lies (Simon and Schuster). A memoir, the best selling Before and After Zachariah, a story about family life with a severely disabled child is in its third edition (Academy Chicago). All of her books have been published internationally.

Born in Lebanon and raised in the USA, Joseph Geha is the author of Through and Through: Toledo Stories, a collection of short stories inspired by his experiences growing up in an émigré Arab American community was first published in 1990. In 2009, Syracuse University Press published a second (expanded) edition. His novel, Lebanese Blonde (University of Michigan Press), will be published in August, 2012. Joe's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Epoch, Esquire, The New York Times, The Northwest Review, Homeground, The Iowa Review, Oxford Magazine, The Amherst Review, Kaleidoscope, A Nation's Voice, The New Virginia Review, Growing up Ethnic in America, Big City Cool, Homeground, and The Quarterly. He was granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His fiction has been awarded the Pushcart Prize and chosen for inclusion in the Permanent Collection, Arab-American Archive, of the Smithsonian Institution. Married to novelist Fern Kupfer, Joe lives in Ames, Iowa, where he is a professor emeritus of the Creative Writing Program at Iowa State University.
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