Simpson Literary Project



February News from the Simpson Literary Project

Dear Friends of the Simpson Project,

Busy times here for the Project, and I wanted to share with you these exciting developments.

  • We are proud to announce the Longlist for the $50,000 2019 SimpsonPrize—forty-six immensely talented authors from around the country, representing tremendous diversity. Have a look at the press release and theLonglist.

  • Joyce Carol Oates and Anthony Marra will be in conversation, moderated by me, at the Lafayette Library on Tuesday, 5 March, 7:00 pm. Details here.

  • Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund will be in conversation, moderated by me, at the Lafayette Library on Tuesday, 26 February, 7:00 pm. Anne is Longlisted for the 2019 Simpson Prize, and Lori was a Finalist for the 2017 Simpson Prize. Details here.

  • Joyce Carol Oates, Simpson Project Writer-in-Residence at the Lafayette Library, will conduct a free, informal memoir workshop for ten selected writers on the evenings of April 9, 16, and 23. Here is more information with details as to how to apply

  • Anthony Marra, 2018 Simpson Prize Recipient, will be in residence, March 4-15, in Berkeley and Lafayette. He will be conferring with writing students at Cal and with underserved high school-age writers at ourSimpson Project Workshops in the communities we serve.

I hope our paths cross on one or more of these occasions. Thank you once again for your interest in the Simpson Project.

All for now,


Joseph Di Prisco
Chair, Simpson Literary Project

Simpson Literary Project