Co-sponsored by the English Department. All readings are on USF's lower campus in the Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall.
Spring 2015 Schedule
Wednesday, February 11, 7:45pm
Kathryn Ma is the author of the novel The Year She Left Us, which was selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice and named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and was chosen as an SF Chronicle “Notable” Book and an LA Times “Discoveries” Book. She received the Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has published her short fiction widely.
Emerging Writers Festival
Day 1: Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pmy
- Hala Alyan
Hala Alyan is the author of Atrium, which was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry. Her second book of poetry, Four Cities, is forthcoming this year. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She is a clinical pyschologist and resides in Manhattan.
- Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. His work has appeared in Esquire, Colorlines, NPR, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, The Best American Non-required Reading, and Politics and Culture, and elsewhere. He was selected as a member of the Root 100 from 2013-14 and is the recipient of the 2015-16 Grisham Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Mississippi. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Vassar College.
- Nina McConigley
Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and the High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Review, among others. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming and teaches at the University of Wyoming and the Warren Wilson MFA Program.
Day 2: Wednesday, March 25, 7:45pm
- Shara Lessley
Shara Lessley is the author of the poetry collection Two-Headed Nightingale. Her poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, and New England Review, and other publications. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a 2015 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a “Discovery”/The Nation prize.
- Ryan MacDonald
Ryan MacDonald is the author of the story collection The Observable Characteristics of Organisms. He is the winner of the 2012 American Short(er) Fiction Award. His work has been exhibited, performed, or published at Notnostrums, New York Live Arts, Fast Forward Press, the Continental Review, Fiction Advocate, Fountain Studios, Flying Object and elsewhere. He teaches art and writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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