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203 | Rich Man, Poor Man: Tales of Two Americas
203 | Rich Man, Poor Man: Tales of Two Americas
Sat, Apr 29 | 12 – 1 PM
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Last year, blue state and red state voters alike found common ground in their shared concerns about growing income inequality. The gap between rich and poor has long been the terrain of Sarah Smarsh, who has written extensively and eloquently about the working poor and her own upbringing in rural Kansas. She has recently contributed to a new anthology, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided State, edited by John Freeman. Join Smarsh and Freeman for a reading and conversation about poverty in America.


Sarah Smarsh is a journalist who writes about socioeconomic class in America. She has reported on public policy for Harper's,, The Guardian, Guernica, and others. Her essays on cultural boundaries have been published in Aeon, McSweeney’s, On Being, The Texas Observer, and more. Smarsh’s book on the working poor and her upbringing in rural Kansas, In the Red, is forthcoming from Scribner. She lives in Kansas and Texas.

John Freeman is the founder of the literary biannual Freeman's and executive editor of Lit Hub, the daily website for books. The former editor of Granta, he assembled the anthologies Tales of Two Cities and Tales of Two Americas, and is the author of The Tyranny of Email and How to Read a Novelist, and Maps, a forthcoming collection of poetry. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in New York City and is Writer in Residence at NYU.

  • Tales of Two Americas
  • 4/29/2017