Voice Rising Vol. 5

Wednesday, 2/6, 7 p.m.

featuring Ivelisse Rodriguez, Sofia Martínez, Renée Filippucci-Kotz, and Takhona Hlatshwako
Join us at Flyleaf for volume five of the Voice Rising reading series. Hosted by local writer and musician, Michael Venutolo-Mantovani, Voice Rising will feature a slate of hand-picked, up-and-coming writers to read their unpublished or in-progress work. With each writer reading for ten minutes (followed by a crowd Q&A), Voice Rising is putting a local spin on your beloved bookshop readings. Stop by so you can chat, listen, and ultimately get the big-name experience in an intimate setting. Check out the event on Facebook here.
Ivelisse Rodriguez's debut short story collection is Love War Stories (The Feminist Press, 2018). She has published fiction in the Boston Review, All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, Obsidian, Kweli, the Bilingual Review, Aster(ix), and other publications. She is the founder and editor of an interview series focused on contemporary Puerto Rican writers in order to highlight the current status and the continuity of a Puerto Rican literary tradition from the continental US that spans over a century. The series is published in Centro Voices, the e-magazine of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She was a senior fiction editor at Kweli and is a Kimbilio fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. She is currently working on the novel The Last Salsa Singer about 70s era salsa musicians in Puerto Rico. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. To learn more about Ivelisse, visit: www.ivelisserodriguez.com.
Sofia Martínez is a freshman from Greensboro studying English at UNC Chapel Hill. Born in Venezuela and raised in the United States, Sofia developed a passion for language and stories telling. Her decision to pursue her education at Carolina was in large part fueled by its English program's distinguished reputation. Her favorite writers are Pablo Neruda, Gillian Flynn, and Stephen King. She attributes her love for adventure to the fact that her mother went skydiving while she was pregnant with her.
Renée Filippucci-Kotz was born in New York and grew up in Kentucky. Renée developed a passion for books and animals as a child. Going to the library with her parents and brother was a favorite pastime. Her first children's chapter book in the Amelia Jae series, AJ's Wish, was published in 2016. Her second chapter book, Pepper's Misadventure published in 2017 received honorable mention in the Carteret Writers Contest. In addition, she has published two picture books, Booker and the Stinky Smell and Smokey and Clover the Runaway Goat. Ms. Filippucci-Kotz is currently working on the third book in the Amelia Jae series, Mystery at Camp Piney Woods.


Takhona Hlatshwako was born and raised in the Kingdom of Swaziland, in Southern Africa. In her early teens, when her head was not buried in a Danielle Steele novel, she spent her time doodling poems and writing about life in small Kingdom. Over time, she became increasingly curious about the world beyond, and worried that her worldview was far too narrow. It was then that she decided to move abroad and spend the last two years of high school studying in Armenia. She has since travelled to various other places, and met people from all over the world, all of which have inspired her writing. Her favorite writer is Nigerian Author Chimamanda Adichie, and like her, Takhona aspires to be a refreshing and authentic voice from the continent. At Carolina, Takhona is a prospective public health major, and a creative writing minor. She continues to be inspired by the world around her, and the unique individuals meets on a daily basis. She is also slightly amused by the idea of pumpkin spice lattes and the magnitude of coffee variations. However tempting, she still remains a devoted tea-lover.
Event date: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Love War Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936932252
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feminist Press - July 10th, 2018