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MFA Program Hosts Summer Visiting Writers Series

Posted
Aug 2, 2017

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA Program will host a Visiting Writers Series during the program’s upcoming summer 2017 Residency. These events are free and open to the public. The award-winning visiting writers will read from their original work, and copies of their books will be available for sale. The series is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council. All readings will be held on Wesleyan’s campus or at The Old Brick Playhouse, as noted.

JASON HOWARD, JULY 8 AT 7 PM, WVWC LIBRARY

Howard is the author of A Few Honest Words and coauthor of Something’s Rising. His work has appeared in The New York TimesThe NationThe Louisville ReviewLumina JournalBellingham Review1966: A Journal of Creative NonfictionUtne Reader, and on NPR. Howard serves as editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly based at Berea College, where he also teaches. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

YURI HERRERA, JULY 9 AT 7 PM, WVWC LIBRARY

Herrera (Actopan, México) has written three novels, all of them translated into several languages: Trabajos del reino, Señales que precederán al fin del mundo, and La transmigración de los cuerpos; which have been published in English by And Other Stories. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Tulane in New Orleans.

RAHUL MEHTA & RACHAEL PECKHAM, JULY 10 AT 7 PM, WVWC LIBRARY

Mehta is the author of the novel No Other World (Harper, 2017) and the short story collection Quarantine (HarperPerennial, 2011), which won a Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Sun, the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald TribuneMarie Claire India, and elsewhere.

Peckham is an associate professor of English at Marshall University where she teaches creative nonfiction. She is the 2016 winner of the Indiana Review ½ K Prize, the Orison Anthology Nonfiction Award, and the Crab Orchard Review Special Feature Literary Nonfiction Award. Her chapbook of prose poems, “Muck Fire,” appeared at Spring Garden Press in 2011, and her essays have received notable mention in the Best American Essays series (2012 and 2015). Rachael is currently at work on a book-length collection of lyric essays focused on flight and trauma.

MESHA MAREN, KATIE FALLON, & MARY CARROLL-HACKETT, JULY 12 AT 7 PM, WVWC LIBRARY

Maren’s debut novel, Sugar Run, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in Fall 2018. Her short stories and essays appear in Tin HouseOxford AmericanHobartThe Barcelona Review, and Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and she has been the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation.

Fallon is the author of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (Univ. Press of New England, March 2017) and Cerulean Blues (Ruka Press, 2011). Her first book for children, Look, See The Bird!, is forthcoming from Hatherleigh Press in June 2017. Her nonfiction has appeared in River TeethFourth GenreEcotone, and elsewhere, and she has taught writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. Her first word was “bird.”

Carroll-Hackett earned the BA and MA from East Carolina University and an MFA from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Superstition ReviewDrunken Boat,and The Prose-Poem Project, among others. She is the author of six titles: The Real Politics of Lipstick (Slipstream Press 2010), Animal Soul (Kattywompus Press 2013), If We Could Know Our Bones (A-Minor Press 2014), The Night I Heard Everything (Future Cycle Press 2015), Trailer Park Oracle (Kelsey Books 2016), and most recently, A Little Blood, A Little Rain (Future Cycle Press 2016). Another collection, Death for Beginners, is forthcoming from Kelsey Books in September 2017. She teaches Creative Writing at Longwood University in Virginia. She is currently working on both a memoir and a novel.

JON CORCORAN & KIM DANA KUPPERMAN, JULY 13 AT 7PM, WVWC LIBRARY

Corcoran is the author of the story collection, The Rope Swing, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long-listed for The Story Prize. He received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Rutgers University-Newark where he teaches writing. He was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Kupperman is the author of The Last of Her (2016) and I Just Lately Started Buying Wings: Missives from the Other Side of Silence (2010). She is the lead editor of You: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person (2013), and publisher of Essaying the Essay (2014). She is the founder of Welcome Table Press, a nonprofit dedicated to the essay and home to two online periodical series, Occasional Papers on Practice & Form and Essaying the Body Electric. She is currently working on a fictionalized biography based on the true story of a Polish Jew who was deported to a Soviet labor camp during World War II and later settled in Iran.

RODNEY JONES, JULY 15 AT 7 PM, OLD BRICK PLAYHOUSE, ELKINS, WV

Jones is the author of eleven books of poems. His many honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and he has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New Orleans and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College

For more information, visit the MFA website at www.wvwc.edu/MFA/ or contact MFA Director Jessie van Eerden at vaneerden@wvwc.edu, 304.473.8329.