The Short Story: Merciful Destinations

Sat, May 20, 2023
Greensboro Cultural Center Room 203

One reason we love short stories is their ability to capture heightened moments of human struggle. Marburg and Cupolo give us stories that offer glimpses into those moments that define our lives for better and worse.

About the authors

LOUISE MARBURG is the author of three collections of stories, The Truth About Me (2017), No Diving Allowed (2021), and You Have Reached Your Destination (2022). Her stories have appeared in Narrative, Ploughshares, STORY, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in New York City with her husband, the artist Charles Marburg. READ MORE ABOUT LOUISE

LISA CUPOLO grew up the youngest of six children in the Honeymoon Capital of the World: Niagara Falls, Canada. At thirteen, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and spent much of her teens and twenties battling illness. She has spoken about how this trial was one of the blessings of her life, because it led her to writing. She learned to escape, creating stories when reality got difficult, and she imagined herself living the lives of her characters, and in the real world, she became an observer. Lisa has worked as a paparazzi photographer, photo editor, and literary publicist at HarperCollins in Toronto. She has lived all over the world, but currently calls Southern California home. Lisa holds a BA in philosophy from The University of Western Ontario, a graduate degree in Portrait Photography from The London Institute in England, and an MFA from the University of Memphis. READ MORE ABOUT LISA

About the Host
Bethany is assistant news director for 88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont, where she enjoys running the station's quarterly book club. Over the years, she's worked as a reporter and editor, facilitating conversations with community members, political leaders, artists, and writers. Bethany received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University where she focused on Anglo-Irish writing.