An Evening with BMI’s PhD Fellows
February 22 7:00 pm
About the Event
Join us for an evening with BMI’s PhD Fellows Areej Quraishi, Robert Ren, Sreshtha Sen, and Dorothy Allred Solomon. These fiercely talented writers will read from new and in-progress works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
Areej Quraishi was born in Dubai, UAE. Her fiction explores familial relationships, cultural identity, memory, and their effects on the psyche. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington-Seattle and an MA and BA in English from Rutgers University. Outside of writing, she enjoys food, trying out new recipes, teaching, graphic design, language, and dabbles in drawing and singing. Her stories appear or have been awarded Finalist spots in Entropy, Glimmer Train Press, and New Millennium Writings. She’s super excited to attend UNLV and hopes that being raised in a desert has prepared her for the heat.
Robert Ren is a writer and teacher in New York. He has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Columbia University. He is currently at work on a novel.
Sreshtha Sen is a writer from Delhi, India and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for and by South Asian poets. She studied Literatures in English at Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in Bitch Media, Breakwater Review, The Margins, MACK, Meridian, and elsewhere. She was the 2017-2018 McCrindle Foundation Fellow for Readings/Workshops at Poets & Writers.
Dorothy Allred Solomon was born into a polygamous household to the father of forty-eight children and his fourth wife, but married a Vietnam veteran who said, “One wife is more than enough.” She took her bachelor’s degree in literature, theater and communication and her master’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Her writing has received several awards, including the 2004 WILLA, the Utah State Publishing Prize, three first prizes from the Utah Arts Council, Distinguished Journalism Awards from Sigma Delta Chi and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a Governor’s Media Award for Excellence. Her books include the groundbreaking In My Father’s House (1984, Franklin Watts and 2008, Texas Tech University Press)Predators, Prey and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy, (W.W. Norton, 2003) Daughter of the Saints, (W. W. Norton, 2004) The Sisterhood: Inside the Lives of Mormon Women, (2007, Palgrave Macmillan) and coming in 2020 from Texas Tech University Press, Finding Karen: An Ancestral Mystery.