Why We Write: Roadshow – June

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We’re excited to announce our spotlight speakers for our final special Why We Write: Roadshow event at the 1888 Center in Orange on Wednesday, June 20. Interested in joining the Why We Write: Roadshow? Submit your essay for consideration.

Fisayo Adeyeye is the former Poetry Editor of Fourteen Hills, a former Co-Curator of the VelRo Graduate Reading Series. His chapbook Blackfish was a finalist for the 2015 Best Prize Chapbook Contest (Big Lucks). He is the author of Cradles (Nomadic Press). He has poems published in Noble / Gas Qtrly, Nailed Magazine,  Print Oriented Bastards, This Magazine, and others. 

Liz Harmer is a Canadian writer living in California, where she’s currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Her essays, stories, and reviews have been published widely. In 2014 she won a National Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, and was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first novel, the Amateurs, comes out in April with Knopf Canada. 

Nick Maurer is the current poetry editor for Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters. He is a writer and visual artist working in Southern California. Previous work has been published in McSweeneys, Orangelandia: The Literature of Inland Citrus and other journals.

Eric Morago is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. Currently he hosts a monthly reading series, teaches writing workshops, and serves as publisher and editor-in-chief of Moontide Press. Eric is the author of What We Ache For (Moon Tide Press) andFeasting on Sky (Paper Plane Pilots). He has an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Julie Schulte is the Fiction Editor at Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters. She has ghostwritten memoirs and her essay on handbags, memory, and shame was included in The Atlantic’s Object Lesson series. She is a recent graduate of University of California, Irvine’s MFA Program in Writing and is finishing a novel.



Join the community and submit, subscribe, and support the Why We Write: Roadshow and Orange County Tour. Live events will be produced throughout Orange County and feature author readings from curated essay submissions. Each event will be recorded for audio podcast and video documentary. Produced in partnership with Anaheim Packing District and The LAB.

The LAB Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa
Wednesday, April 18 / Free
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cooks Chapel, Packing House, Anaheim
Wednesday, May 16 / $9
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

1888 Center, Orange
Wednesday, June 20 / $9
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” we developed an introspective project to highlight our motives for writing and asked the international community to share their story and join the conversation.

Over the last month, this collaborative project received submissions from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, England, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malta, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, United Kingdom, and 33 States in America.

Why We Write is produced in conjunction with the 1888 Podcast Network—a curated collection of educational and entertaining podcasts. Each program is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators to share stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology.

Select episodes are presented live at the 1888 Center or around Orange County, California. All programs are recorded and archived as a free resource to download and stream on our website or with your favorite podcast app.

Artwork by David Moscati.