Wilton resident Marcelle Soviero is an author, editor of two literary magazines and writing teacher. This Friday, March 2, she will be leading a showcase of award-winning authors offering a public reading of memoirs and essays at 323 Main in Westport.

Joining Soviero will be writers from the class she teaches at Westport Writers’ Workshop, many of whom have been nationally published, including Douglas Moser, Guita Sazan, Alida Albert, Christy Stofko, Nan Redmond, Patty Hunter and Kate Davis. Admission is free.

The writers will read from work they’ve crafted under the tutelage of Soviero, a longtime instructor at Westport Writers’ Workshop, where she teaches memoir and essay writing. Soviero is also the owner and editor-in-chief of Brain, Child and Brain Teen, two international literary magazines that combined have won more than 20 literary awards, and an essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, and Creative Nonfiction, among others. She is also the author of An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood, co-editor of This is Childhood, and a private writing coach in Wilton.

At Friday’s event, Soviero will read from her forthcoming memoir, Born Guilty.

“I’ve taught at colleges, universities and workshops all over the country. The community–and talent–we have at Westport Writers’ is second to none–and it’s right here in our home towns,” says Soviero. “Showcasing local writers is an honor.”

Established in 2004, the Westport Writers’ Workshop offers adult workshops in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, writing for children, screenwriting and more, designed to nurture creativity, inspire imagination and develop the writing craft. It’s located at 3 Sylvan Road South, in Westport.

Founded in 2000, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, is an award-winning literary magazine dedicated to motherhood. Each issue contains personal essays, a short story, poetry, debates, book reviews and news. Contributors have included Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Jane Smiley and Anne Tyler, best-selling authors Ann Hood and Barbara Ehrenreich, and acclaimed writers Antonya Nelson, Alice Hoffman, Patricia Hermes, Virginia Holman and Susan Maushart.