Josh Gondelman and Lyz Lenz


Josh Gondelman is a comedian and a writer/producer for “Desus & Mero” on Showtime. Previously, he earned two Peabody Awards and three Emmys for his work on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Gondelman’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the New Yorker, as well as some places without “New York” in the name. He has performed standup on “CONAN,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” Gondelman lives in New York City with his wife, Maris, and their pug. His debut essay collection is Nice Try.

Lyz Lenz’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book, God Land was released this fall through Indiana University Press. Her second book, Belabored, is due out from Bold Type Books in Spring 2020. Lenz’s essay “All the Angry Women” was also included in the anthology Not that Bad edited by Roxane Gay. She received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She lives in Iowa with her two kids and two cats and is a contributing writer to the Columbia Journalism Review and a columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Saturday, October 5, 4 p.m.