Catherine Kapphahn (Columbia University - Non-Fiction) and Courtney Angela Brkic (New York University - Fiction) will read from their work at the event “Love: Readings by Croatian-American Voices” (sponsored by Napredak). Writers' biographies are below.
The event will take place in New York on Thursday, February 28, in the auditorium below the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius, 502 West 41st street, between 10th and 11th Avenue. The bar will open at 6:30, and the reading will begin at 7:00. There will be music between and after the readings.
CATHERINE VICTORIA KAPPHAHN spent most of her growing up years along the Front Range mountains in Colorado, however due to her parents' nomadic lifestyle she also lived in Peru, Singapore, Indonesia, and England. At twenty she moved to New York City, where she imagined she would do many exciting things with her dancing and acting, instead she spent much of her time waitressing. When she was twenty-two her Croatian-born mother died of cancer. Afterward Catherine got her BA from Hunter College, where she began writing about her mother. She is currently a graduate student at the Writing Division at Columbia University where she continues to work on a memoir about her mother's death and rediscovering her mother's Croatian history. She lives in New York City in a fifth-floor walk up apartment with her husband René Georg Vasicek, also a writer, and their dog, Sonja.
COURTNEY ANGELA BRKIC grew up in Washington, DC, and received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archeology from the College of William and Mary. She received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1995 to collect data on women in the war-affected population living in Croatia. In 1996 she joined a Physicians for Human Rights team as a forensic archeologist, and worked on sites around Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. She returned to Croatia where she lived for several more years, working alternately with missing persons’ and other grassroots groups, and as a free-lance translator. She has additionally worked for the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal and for the United States Agency for International Development. She returned to the US in 1999 to pursue an MFA in Fiction from New York University. Her first book "Stillness", a collection of short stories about the wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, will be published in late 2002 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
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