Matthew Salesses & Kristen Arnett at the Shakes

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 4, 2016

Matthew Salesses

Functionally Literate presents:

Matthew Salesses & Kristen Arnett

Saturday, January 16th, 7pm, Free Lowndes Shakespeare Center 812 E. Rollins Street


Invite a friend on Facebook or via email.


Free and open to the public.


Beer & wine by donation.

Books for sale by Bookmark It bookstore. Book signing to follow reading.

Afterparty after.












Matthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood, an Amazon Best Book of September and a Kindle First pick, and a season’s best selection at Buzzfeed (twice), Refinery29, and Gawker. His other books include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying, Different Racisms, and The Last Repatriate. Matthew was adopted from Korea and has written about adoption, race, and parenting for NPR’s Code Switch, The New York Times Motherlode, Salon, The Toast, The Millions, the Center for Asian American Media, The Rumpus, and The Good Men Project, among others.


Kristen Arnett is a fiction and essay writer who has held fellowships at Kenyon Review, Tin House, and Lambda Literary Foundation. She was awarded Ninth Letter’s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction and was named an honorable mention for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. Her work has either appeared or is upcoming at Normal School, Tin House Flash Fridays/The Guardian, Ninth Letter, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is currently finishing up her first short fiction collection.





Functionally Literate is Burrow Press’ quarterly reading series that pairs the best writers in Central Florida with visiting writers from all over the world. Past Functions have hosted a slew of talented visitors, including NY Times-bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer, Chicago-based writer Lindsay Hunter, Irish poet Annemarie Ni Churreain, and the award-winning Portuguese novelist Jacinto Lucas Pires. The series has been recognized in Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando Awards, and, in summer of 2014, launched a literary variety show on 91.5 WPRK.




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Burrow Press is a program of the Urban Think Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching Central Florida’s cultural landscape by developing and growing educational and creative literary arts programs.

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