- August 23, 2018
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Author JM Holmes' crucial and timely literary voice has already commanded attention and garnered awards—his first published piece appeared in the prestigious Paris Review. His blistering prose, richly infused with the unmistakable rhythms of hip-hop that form the sound track to his characters' lives, delivers fiction that has never been more vital and necessary.
His debut collection of short stories How Are You Going to Save Yourself illuminates in breathtaking detail an entire world—one that has been underrepresented in American fiction.
At times funny, often uncomfortable, and occasionally disturbing, these stories fearlessly engage with issues of race, sex, drugs, class, and family. Whether it's a fraught family cookout, a charged altercation on the block, a raucous night in high-society Manhattan gone wrong, or the troubled efforts of a drug hustler to go clean, JM Holmes brings the thump and the heat of these scenes to life with the kind of ease that makes us not just eavesdroppers but participants.
Join Stephanie Anne Johnson for a conversation with JM about his life, his influences, and his journey as a new, award-winning author.
JM Holmes was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. He won the Burnett Howe Prize for fiction at Amherst College, and received fellowships to the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. He has worked in educational outreach in Iowa, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He lives in Milwaukee.
Stephanie Anne Johnson has designed lighting for companies such as Cultural Odyssey, Afro Solo, Ubuntu Theater, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Arizona Repertory Theater, La Mama Theater, Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, and TheatreFirst in a theater career that spans over four decades. Her design work has been seen internationally in India, The Netherlands, Italy, France, and Belgium. She has written and performed her one-woman play Every Twenty-One Days: Cancer, Yoga, and Me in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Atlanta. Dr. Johnson is a Professor at California State University, Monterey Bay in the Visual and Public Art Department. She taught courses at CIIS in art history and cultural studies from 2015-2017.