October Charlottesville Reading Series: Alex Kingsley, Courtney LeBlanc, & Vonetta Young

Join us for the October Charlottesville Reading Series event, featuring writer Alex Kingsley, poet Courtney LeBlanc, and writer Vonetta Young. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

Alex Kingsley (they/them) is a writer, comedian, and game designer. They are a cofounder of new media company Strong Branch Productions, and the creator of sci-fi comedy podcast The Stench of Adventure, which was a finalist for the Audioverse Awards. Their fiction has appeared in Radon JournalTranslunar Travelers LoungeSci-Fi Lampoon, and more. Their short fiction collection, The Strange Garden and Other Weird Tales, was released in early 2023. They made their sci-fi playwriting debut with “The Bearer of Bad News,” presented by the Annenberg Foundation in 2022, and their sci-fi play Unplanned Obsolescence will be performed at the 2023 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. They are a member of the Science Fiction Writers Association and have been a Nebula panelist. Their tabletop games can be found at alexyquest.itch.io. For more information, visit alexkingsley.org.

Courtney LeBlanc (she/her) is the author of the full-length collections Her Whole Bright LifeExquisite BloodyBeating Heart, and Beautiful & Full of Monsters. She is the Arlington County Poet Laureate, a Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellow, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Riot in Your Throat, an independent poetry press. She loves nail polish, tattoos, and a soy latte each morning. Find her online at courtneyleblanc.com.

Vonetta Young is a writer and financial services consultant based in Washington, DC. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Indiana ReviewBarrelhouseLunch TicketCatapultCosmonauts Avenue, and Gargoyle, among others. She serves as insight (nonfiction) editor for The Offing and was previously senior fiction editor at The Rumpus and assistant flash editor at Hippocampus. She is rewriting her memoir, and it has been a doozy. Follow her on Twitter at @VonettaWrites or visit vonettayoung.com.