Cancelled: Voice Rising No. 9: Stephanie Elizondo Griest and more!

Voice Rising No. 9: Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Eric Tran, Amir Rabiyah, and Judy Shallcross

Thursday, March 26th, 7 pm ***This event has been cancelled.***

Join us at Flyleaf for the ninth entry in the Voice Rising reading series. Hosted by local writer and musician Michael Venutolo-Mantovani, Voice Rising features a slate of local and unpublished writers presenting their work alongside a select writer of national acclaim. Each writer will read for ten minutes and then take questions from the audience. Come out to experience the creation of new works in real time, in an intimate and friendly setting, with folks from your community.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a globetrotting author from South Texas. Her five books include Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. As a correspondent for The Odyssey, she once drove 45,000 miles across the United States, documenting its history. She has won a Luce Scholarship to China, a Hodder Fellowship to Princeton, a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize. Currently Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she has performed on five continents in capacities ranging from a Moth storyteller to a featured author of the International Writing Program.


Eric Tran is a resident physician in psychiatry in Asheville, NC. His debut book of poems, The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer,  won the Autumn House Press Emerging Writers contest. He is also the author of the chapbooks Revisions and Affairs with Men in Suits. His work appears or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Iowa Review, 32 Poems, and elsewhere.



Amir Rabiyah is a queer, trans, disabled poet. They are the co-editor of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, and the author of the poetry collection Prayers for my 17th Chromosome, which was a finalist for the 2017 Publishing Triangle Award. Amir's work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and explores living life on the margins and at the intersections of multiple identities. Amir writes about living with chronic pain and illness, war, trauma, spirituality, healing, redemption--and speaks on silenced places. For more about Amir, visit


Event date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514