9th Ave: Emily Jon Tobias with Jennifer Lewis

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. 

Cover of Emily Jon Tobias' story collection MONARCH. The cover is a photo of a blue sky, with a motel sign on the bottom portion of the cover reading "MONARCH, Stories, Vacancy"
Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 7pm PT when Emily Jon Tobias celebrates the release of her debut story collection, MONARCH, with Jennifer Lewis and Rooja Mohassessy at 9th Ave!

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
Or watch online at the link below
https://youtube.com/live/Rn24i9H2Dxg?feature=share

Praise for MONARCH
"Full of empathy and rendered in searing, visceral prose, Monarch shines brightly. In eleven vivid, affecting stories, Tobias turns her careful attention toward the strugglers and strivers among us—the result is heartfelt and immersive."–Kimberly King-Parsons, author of Black Light

"The stories in Monarch are raw and gritty and always real. Emily Jon Tobias gives voice to the outsiders, the misfits, and the broken. I can’t say enough great things about this debut collection."–Willy Vlautin, author of Lean on Pete and The Night Always Comes

"Close your eyes and imagine a story collection where every story is a diamond. Monarch is just that. Each story took me and never let go, even after the story had long ended. Written with such grace and elegance, this collection pulses with so much life, so much compassion, even when things seem to be bleak. After you finish this collection, after you read it for a second and third time, you’ll find yourself asking what I asked: “Where is Emily Jon Tobias’s next book?”"–Morgan Talty, author of Night of the Living Rez

About MONARCH
MONARCH: Stories subverts the reader’s common perceptions about how love can heal, how loss and suffering can transform, and how every character deserves a second chance. America’s city scars, sewers, alleyways, and bars are landscape to their wars, as characters heal and transform under wind turbines and on open roads, in golden cornfields and with the wails of Chicago blues. Heroes in this collection are the marginalized, the sufferers, the down-trodden, the misfits, the wanderers, and the wounded, shaped by grief but not defined by their scars.

Honoring the human capacity for change, characters drive the collection, turning up the dial to raise the volume of voice for those who live on the fringe and are often ignored. In collection, MONARCH is an exploration of the human condition through a lens of damaged survivors as they learn to love through small acts of kindness, given and received. Characters bear traumas with their bodies, and often, they transgress. They break in, break down, and ultimately, break open.

An inclusive invitation, MONARCH aims at an intimate portrayal of scarred characters on American streets beating the drum of current culture against the fierce rhythm of critical social justice issues. With this at its heart, the collection Includes a reading guide written by the author with prompts intended to inspire discourse between readers, writers, and students, making the work of special interest to librarians, teachers, book clubs, and beyond.

Foreword by Chris Abani, author of The Secret History of Las Vegas.

About Emily Jon Tobias
Emily Jon Tobias
is an American author and poet with her debut story collection, MONARCH, forthcoming by Black Lawrence Press in May, 2024. She is an award-winning writer whose work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, along with other honorable mentions, and has been featured in literary journals such as Santa Clara Review, Talking River Review, The Opiate Magazine, The Ocotillo Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Big Muddy, and elsewhere. Midwestern-raised, she now lives and writes on the coast of Southern California. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University Oregon.

About Jennifer Lewis
Jennifer Lewis
is a writer, editor, and the publisher of Red Light Lit. Her debut short story collection, The New Low, was released in October 2022 by Nomadic Press, where her short story, New Low, was the winner of the Bindle Award in 2018. In 2020, she won the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction award for Put a Teat in It. Her writing has been published in The Los Angeles PressThe Rumpus, and Alta Journal. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015. She teaches at The Writing Salon in San Francisco.

About Rooja Mohassessy
Rooja Mohassessy
is an Iranian-born poet and educator. She is a MacDowell Fellow and an MFA graduate of Pacific University, Oregon. Her ekphrastic debut collection When Your Sky Runs Into Mine (Feb 2023) was the winner of the 22nd Annual Elixir Poetry Award. Rooja has been featured on NPR, The Hive Poetry Collective, and other poetry podcasts and radio stations. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Poet Lore, RHINO Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, CALYX Journal, Ninth Letter, Cream City Review, The Adroit Journal, New Letters, The Rumpus, The Journal, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. Her work is also anthologized in California Fire & Water, A Climate Crisis Anthology, and Colossus: Body, a compilation of writings by Californians writing on the themes of bodily autonomy and reproductive rights. Rooja is an editorial assistant at the journal Prairie Schooner. 

Monarch: Stories By Emily Jon Tobias Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781625570857
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Published: Black Lawrence Press - May 17th, 2024

MONARCH: Stories subverts the reader's common perceptions about how love can heal, how loss and suffering can transform, and how every character deserves a second chance. America's city scars, sewers, alleyways, and bars are landscape to their wars, as characters heal and transform under wind turbines and on open roads, in golden cornfields and with the wails of Chicago blues.


The New Low By Jennifer Lewis Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781955239325
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(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
Published: Nomadic Press - October 15th, 2022

Like a hanging mobile, the stories in THE NEW LOW move around each other, creating ever-changing insights between its characters. Each of whom struggle with identity, addictions, judgments, and life's contradictions.

Fiction


When Your Sky Runs Into Mine By Rooja Mohassessy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781932418811
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Published: Elixir Press - February 1st, 2023

Winner of the 23rd Annual Elixir Press Poetry Award.


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