Theme: Insiders, outsiders, rebels and whistleblowers

HARVARD -- Fresh InkK will be presenting at the Center on the Common, in Harvard, on Saturday, May 17, on what is the first anniversary of our literary series and part of a literary resurgence in the towns of Central Massachusetts. Hosted in historic Harvard, the event is to both support and tap the lively local literary and artistic community.

Fresh InkK is a free event, supported in part through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council of Harvard. It features a mix of renowned local and nationally recognized authors reading from their fiction or nonfiction, under the unified theme "Insiders, Outsiders, Rebels and Whistleblowers."

Featuring:

Lauren Slater is author of nine books of both fiction and nonfiction, including "Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother," and "The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals and Opening Skinner's Box." She is recipient of a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for excellence in science writing; essayist with April's "National Geographic"; cover story and articles featured in "The New York Times Magazine," "Harpers," "Elle," and "Self," plus eight inclusions in The Best American Essays series. Slater's work has been translated into 17 languages.

Jennifer Haigh is author of the short story collection "News From Heaven" and four critically acclaimed novels: "Faith," "The Condition," "Baker Towers" and "Mrs. Kimble"; recipient of the PEN/Hemingway and PEN/L.L. Winship awards; and writer with fiction in "The Atlantic," "Granta," "The Best American Short Stories 2012," and many others.

Peter Brown is author of "A Bright Soothing Noise"; winner of the 2010 Katherine Ann Porter Prize in Short Fiction; published in the "Harvard Review," "The Mississippi Review" and "Post Road," among others; is currently working on a novel "The Children of Design" and translations of poetry collections "Elsa," by French writer Louis Aragon and "Elsewhere on Earth" by French poet Emmanuel Merle. He is senior editor of literary journal "Salamander."

Georgia Sassen is from Harvard and writes poetry "entwining images from nature with issues in human relations." She is a clinical psychologist and founder of BRIK, Building Resilience in Kids; her work appears in chapbooks "Lines in the Landscape: Plein Air Poetry at Fruitlands" and "An Extravagant Canopy: Plein Air Poetry at Old Frog Pond Farm, 2011"; also "South Street: A Literary Journal -- Thresholds," 2012.

For information contact Laura at lvilain@hotmail.com or Center On The Common.