Launch Party for Sarah Blackman newest novel "Hex"

Alice is a motherless child, born to a motherless child, and raised with neither care nor grace. Her response to this multiple abandonment is a lifelong obsession with her best friend Ingrid, or Thingy, as Alice calls her, and a sort of fantastic narcissism wherein she figures herself as the nexus of a supernatural world she understands through a blend of mountain lore, indigenous Cherokee legend, and the dangerous idiom of the fairy-tale girl who enters the forest despite being warned.

Alice is a motherless child, born to a motherless child, and raised with neither care nor grace. Her response to this multiple abandonment is a lifelong obsession with her best friend Ingrid, or Thingy, as Alice calls her, and a sort of fantastic narcissism wherein she figures herself as the nexus of a supernatural world she understands through a blend of mountain lore, indigenous Cherokee legend, and the dangerous idiom of the fairy-tale girl who enters the forest despite being warned.

Join us for the launch of Sarah Blackman's newest novel "Hex". To celebrate Sarah has invited Vera Gomez for an In Conversation With where this amazing duo will discuss the process that brought this story to life, the role of storytelling in our lives, and the warp and weft of truth and perspective in those stories. Vera Gomez is a celebrated poet and president of Emrys.

Sarah Blackman is the director of creative writing at the Fine Arts Center, an arts dedicated public high school. Her poetry and prose has been published in a number of journals and magazines, including The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review,  American Poetry Review,  Conjunctions, Oxford American Magazine and The Missouri Review among others. She has been anthologized in the Poets Against the War Anthology, Best New American Voices, 2006  Metawritings; Toward a Theory of Nonfiction, and xoOrpheus: Fifty New Myths which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2014. Blackman is the co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM and the founding editor of Crashtest, an online magazine for high school age writers. Her story collection, Mother Box, was the winner of the Ronald Sukineck/American Book Critics Award for Innovative Writing and was published by Fc2 in 2013. Her novel, He, is new from the same press in April, 2016. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her partner, poet John Pursley III and their two daughters.