James Magruder will read from his collection of linked stories, Let Me See It.
Let Me See It follows two gay cousins, Tom and Elliott, from adolescence in the 1970s to adulthood in the early '90s. With a rueful blend of comedy and tenderness, Magruder depicts their attempts to navigate the closet and the office and the lessons they learn about libidinous coworkers, resume boosting, Italian suffixes, and frozen condoms. As Tom and Elliot search for trusting relationships while the AIDS crisis deepens, their paths diverge, leading Tom to a new sense of what matters most.
James Magruder is a fiction writer, playwright, and award-winning translator. He is the author of the novel, Sugarless, and his work has been anthologized in Boy Crazy and New Stories from the Midwest. He has published stories in Bloom, New England Review, Subtropics, and The Gettysburg Review. He teaches at Swarthmore College and lives in Baltimore.
"Magruder is a writer of immense gifts, with a voice–smart, playful, lyrical, subtle, unsparing–utterly unlike anyone else's." —Tony Kushner