Cultural Capital: Fantastic Women

Join us for an evening celebrating fantastical fiction.

Part of PEN/Faulkner’s Literary Conversations series, “Fantastic Women” celebrates the work of Lesley Nneka Arimah, Kelly Link, and Carmen Maria Machado, women writers who use elements of the fantastic in their fiction to explore crucial themes including power, sexuality, identity, and loss without the constraints imposed by strict realism.

These authors play with the boundaries of time and space through short stories and novels, and use their writing to push back against the traditional boundaries of women’s fiction. 


  • Lesley Nneka Arimah is a British-Nigerian writer whose debut collection, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY won the Kirkus Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.
  • Kelly Link is an American editor, author of short stories, co-founder of Small Beer Press and occasional co-editor of the zine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
  • Carmen Maria Machado is an American short story author, essayist, and critic. Her debut short story collection Her Body and Other Parties won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.


Required. $25 general; $20 members, seniors, & students.

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This Cultural Capital program partnership is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative in collaboration with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

National Museum of Women in the Arts