Voice Rising reading series featuring Gavin Edwards, Sarah Oechsle, Rowan Chand and Jane Falkner

Tue 5/22, 7pm:
Voice Rising reading series featuring
Gavin Edwards, Sarah Oechsle, Rowan Chand and Jane Falkner

Please join us for the second installment of Voice Rising, a new and exciting reading event presented at and in conjunction with Flyleaf Books.

In Voice Rising, we pair a small slate of hand-picked, local writers, be they unpublished, lesser-known or on the brink of a bigger stage, and partner with one of our area's myriad renowned writers for a truly unique evening.

With each writer reading unpublished work for ten minutes followed by a crowd Q&A, Voice Rising is putting a local spin on your beloved bookshop readings.


Gavin Edwards is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Tao of Bill Murray, Last Night at the Viper Room, and the wildly successful ’Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy series of misheard-lyrics collections. A longtime contributor at Rolling Stone, he has written for the New York Times, Wired, Billboard, Details, and GQ; and appeared on television programs including the Today show, Entertainment Tonight, and Jeopardy! He’s also moonlighted as a game designer, a photographer, and a demolition derby driver. Gavin lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, museum curator Jennifer Sudul Edwards, and their two sons.

Sarah Oechsle is a Geography student at UNC Chapel Hill with a double minor in Creative Writing, and Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy. An aspiring writer whose background is in fiction, Sarah’s work was published in the Spring 2018 edition of Cellar door, and she is under contract to have a series of digital storytelling projects published in a textbook on college writing. Outside of writing, I love cartography, indoor gardening, and playing rugby.

Rowan Chand is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They hold a B.S. in Biology and were involved with the creative writing department during their time at the university. Their work tends to focus on the complexities of masculinity and gender as they intertwine with queer/trans POC identity, second-generation immigrant experience, and the American South which they call home. Currently they live and work in Carrboro.

Jane Falkner is a freelance journalist/writer who loves a good story better than almost anything. She is an award-winning sports journalist, a teacher, a single mom and a social justice activist.She has a B.A. from Alma College in Alma, Michigan and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. “Go Hokies!” Jane lives in Franklin County and grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, home of the Mighty, Mighty Wildcats.She is the mother of two (thankfully) grown children and was selected as a 2016 Regional Artist by the United Arts Council. She is one of the first women sports journalists in the Southeast.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514