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Archive Date: September 14, 2018

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Writers’ Workshop graduate Jamel Brinkley reads from his recent story collection A Lucky Man, and be joined in conversation by Charles D’Ambrosio. In the nine stories of A Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past. Brinkley “is intent on recognizing what masculinity looks like, questioning our expectations of it, and criticizing its toxicity―and somehow managing to do all of that with love . . . The collection may include only nine stories, but in each of them, Brinkley gives us an entire world.”―NPR Brinkley’s stories have appeared in A Public Space and Gulf Coast. He has been a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellow, and lives in Madison. Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of The Point and Other Stories, The Dead Fish Museum, Orphans, and Loitering. He teaches fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.