Nonfiction for No Reason with Ally Ang, Rebecca Clarren, Grace Dunbar-Miller, and Jane Wong

Join us for an evening of readings from four brilliant nonfiction writers at Seward Park!

Nonfiction for No Reason, created and hosted by Katie Lee Ellison, is a Seattle-based nonfiction reading series for writers using the stage as a testing ground for raw material and brand new books. Our evening will include a reading by Jane Wong from her new memoir Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, as well as readings from writers Ally Ang, Rebecca Clarren, and Grace Dunbar-Miller. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended in advance.

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Ally Ang is a gaysian poet and editor based in Seattle. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, their work has been published in Foglifter, Columbia Journal, The Margins, and elsewhere. Ally has received fellowships and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Find them at or on Twitter and IG @TheOceanIsGay.

Rebecca Clarren is an Award-winning journalist who has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and 10 grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and has appeared in MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation, and Her debut novel, Kickdown (Sky Horse Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize. Winner of a 2021 Whiting Nonfiction Grant, her new book, The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance, will be available from Penguin Random House this October.

Grace Dunbar-Miller (she/they) is a poet and nonfiction writer, and educator. Their work often incorporates threads of her own experience with kinship, Blackness, intimacy, the body, and haunting. Grace is a PhD dropout and received her BA and MA in English Literature from Western Washington University. Grace is a contributor to the International Examiner and has been published in Bellingham Review, Honey Literary, and Split Lip Magazine.

Katie Lee Ellison has pieces of her memoir published or forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Seventh Wave, Moss, and elsewhere. She’s a 2016-2017 Hugo House Fellow, a 2018 fellow at the Yiddish Book Center, and a 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop attendee. She holds a BA in English Lit from Wellesley College and an MFA from the University of Idaho. Find her on Instagram @katie_lee_e and Twitter @KatieLeeEllison.

Jane Wong is the author of the memoir Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City (Tin House, 2023) and two collections of poetry: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). She is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University and grew up in a strip mall on the Jersey shore.

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