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june, 2016

06junmonDavid Olimpio – This Is Not a Confession7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Reading

David Olimpio

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This Is Not A Confession

This Is Not a Confession
by David Olimpio
Awst Press (2016)

Author David Olimpio will read from his debut nonfiction collection, This Is Not a Confession (Awst Press, 2016), with friends.

Through these powerful and insightful essays, David Olimpio explores the residual effects of sexual abuse, divorce, and grief. With surprising candor and a disarming sense of humor, Olimpio takes on the outwardly-wholesome landscape of his childhood spent in a suburban Houston neighborhood and the complex sexual relationships in his adult life. Both poignant and poetic, This Is Not a Confession leaves us with a sense that our identities have the power to transcend our circumstances.

David Olimpio grew up in Texas, but currently lives and writes in Northern New Jersey. He believes that we create ourselves through the stories we tell, and that is what he aims to do every day. Usually, you can find him driving his truck around the Garden State with his dog, Rothko. He tweets and Instagrams as @notsolinear. He has been published in Barrelhouse, The Nervous Breakdown, The Austin Review, Rappahannock Review and others. His debut nonfiction collection, This Is Not a Confession wants your eyeballs.

David will join local authors and friends, Courtney Marie, Leah Tieger and Walker Smart.

Courtney Marie is a writer and artist currently living in Denton, Texas. She enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object. Her work has appeared in Crab Fat Magazine, Spooky Girlfriend Press, Literary Orphans, Black Sun Lit, The Thing Itself, etc. but also in basements and museums, street corners and art galleries; in cities all over the country. She is the co-founder and primary organizer of Spiderweb Salon, an art collective based out of Denton, co-host of Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas, and the host of Spiderweb Salon’s literary podcast, produced by Pariah Art. She writes a lot of letters.

Leah Tieger is a graduate of Bennington College and will become an M.A. candidate at the University of North Texas this fall. She is a fiction reader for The Boiler, cofounder and host of WordSpace’s Looped readings in Dallas, and a finalist for the 2016 Raynes Poetry Prize. She has performed readings in bars, houses, and hot tubs, and her poems can also be found in Rattle, Gravel, Menacing Hedge, Off the Coast, and Route 7 Review.

Walker Smart writes fiction and lyrics between bouts of anxious pacing in Denton, Texas. It’s also worth noting that he is an excellent performer with a nice voice and a wonderful progeny.

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