Dinner on Stage with Matthew Desmond
Tuesday, October 9th @ 5 PM
Backstage at the Morrison Center
Drinks | Silent Auction | Fund-A-Need | Poetry
For more info on the evening’s program, click here.
with special guests…
MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. Evicted won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the National Books Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, and the Barnes & Noble’s Discover New Writers Award. It was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal.
Megan Williams is The Cabin’s Development & Communications Manager and the gala emcee/auctioneer. This means she’s in charge of making The Cabin’s brand loveable and writing you emails, letters, thank you notes, etc. Megan holds a BA in Creative Writing, Music, and Gender Studies from The College of Idaho (2008) and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (2010). Before joining The Cabin’s staff, Megan ran literary events through Big Tree Arts and was the founder of Ghosts & Projectors. a poetry reading series, which is now a Cabin program. A runner-up for the 2011 Discovery/Boston Review poetry prize, Megan published poems in Tin House, PANK, Vinyl Poetry, Mudlark, and other journals once upon a time and is currently working on a series of poems in collaboration with the Mystical Cats Tarot that grapple with the question “How can I be a better human?”
Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017); the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, forthcoming); and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University and is pursuing an MFA in Poetry through New England College’s low-residency program. She teaches creative writing at the College of Western Idaho and through The Cabin’s summer camps. She loves The Cabin because it serves readers and writers of all ages, inspiring them to engage with literature in new ways and helping to sustain their creativity throughout their whole lives.
Hallie Hinchman is a 16-year-old student in her junior year at Boise High. She was an annual participant in the summer writing camps at the Cabin as a young girl and has now gone on to accept two national gold medals from Scholastic for her work. Her favorite genre is flash fiction because of the opportunity it provides to “explode a moment.” Outside of writing, Hallie plays volleyball and avidly trains in her local CrossFit gym. She is also a human rights and environmental protection activist in her community as well as internationally. She enjoys spending time with her two brothers, parents, and dogs, Kaya and Fritz.