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Chinquee, Pelton, and Taylor share the spotlight at tonight's Earth's Daughters reading

Chinquee, Pelton, and Taylor may sound like the name of an upscale women's clothier, or a law firm that specializes in pre-emptive copyright infringement claims against conceptualist poets, but in serendipitous fact, it is instead the illustrious line-up of leading Buffalo-based fiction writers for tonight's October Earth's Daughters Gray Hair Series reading.

 Kim Chinquee, Ted Pelton, and Ed Taylor are three of the most distinctive voices-- not only on the regional literary scene, but also in the national conversation--in the fields of flash fiction, innovative fiction and independent publishing, and writing across genres and established forms, respectively.  It should make for a scintillating evening of contemporary fiction that begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper St.). Admission is $5. 

Chinquee, an associate professor of English at Buffalo State College, is the author of the flash fiction collections "Pistol" (Ravenna Press, 2012), "Pretty" (White Pine Press, 2009), and "Oh Baby" (Ravenna Press, 2008).  Simply stated, her minimalist, voice-driven, first-person narratives of the broken dreams and dislocations of contemporary working class protagonists (mostly women) have prompted many readers to compare her stories to those of the late Raymond Carver, had Carver been writing from the perspective of a 21st century woman.

Pelton--still at the tender age where one is just barely eligible to be considered for the Gray Hair Series--is already something of independent publishing world legend.  Starcherone Books, the independent innovative fiction small press that he founded fifteen years ago and continues to edit and operate on a shoestring budget, has already launched the careers of no less than a half dozen of the 21st century's most prominent new voices in American fiction--from Zachary Mason, Joshua Cohen, and Thaddeus Rutkowski to Sara Greenslit, Stacey Levine, and Alissa Nutting.

He is also the author of  the much-praised conjectural novel "Malcolm and Jack" (Spuyten Duyvill, 2006) about the parallel lives of two American icons of 1950's underground avant-garde culture--Jack Kerouac and Malcolm X--two novellas, "Bartleby, the Sportscaster" (Subito Press, 2010), his homage to Melville and minor league baseball, and "Bhang" (Blazevox, 2006), and the genre-stretching short story collection "Endorsed by Jack Chapeau 2 an even greater extent" (Starcherone Books), which was released in an expanded second edition in 2006.

When he is not winning literary fellowships, attending conferences and book fairs on behalf of Starcherone, or raising his two young daughters to be New York Mets fans, he is Professor of Humanities at Medaille College and director of its the Write Thing Series  of readings and talks by visiting writers.  Pelton's fifth book, " The Trickster Woodchuck," while not yet published, has been widely serialized in other fiction magazines, and was a 2013 finalist in both the Leapfrog Press and the FC2/Catherine Doctorow Prize competitions.

Ed Taylor, an college level educator and the former executive director of Just Buffalo Literary Center, is the author of the forthcoming novel "Theo," and the poetry collections "Idiogest" and "The Rubaiyat of Hazmat" (Blazevox Books).  He was a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee.

His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in a variety of publications in the US and UK--including as a contributing book reviewer for The Buffalo News-- and in anthologies such as the "Best of the Web" series.  His work has also been featured on the WXII (Rochester, NY) radio show "Fiction in Shorts," and on Thinktwiceradio, as well as in art exhibitions in Buffalo and Los Angeles.

--R.D. Pohl

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