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Visiting Writers and Speakers, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022


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Jim KliseJames Klise

3:30 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021, Zoom

James Klise's most recent novel The Art of Secrets won an Edgar Award for Best Teen Mystery, a Nevada Young Readers Award, and a Booklist Editor's Choice Award, among other honors. His first book, Love Drugged, was an ALA Stonewall Honor Award winner, as well as finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in New Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction writing at StoryStudio, a writing community in Chicago, and for the past two decades, he has managed a very busy high school library. His new novel for teens is forthcoming from Algonquin Young Readers in 2023. More information at Klise's web siteFree; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/klisekstate


Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.




Molly McCully Brown

Molly McCully Brown3:30 p.m., Friday, October 1, 2021, Zoom

Molly McCully Brown is the author of the essay collection Places I've Taken my Body (2020) and the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and was named a New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2017. With Susannah Nevison, she is also the coauthor of the poetry collection In The Field Between Us (2020).

Brown has been the recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, and the Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship from the Oxford American magazine. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, The Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vogue, The New York Times, Crazyhorse, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.

Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon's Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA.

She teaches at Old Dominion University, where she is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Nonfiction, and a member of the MFA Core Faculty. 

More information available at McCully Brown's web site
. Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/mccullybrownkstate  





Viet Thanh NguyenViet Thanh Nguyen

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021, Live Stream

Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen  and his family came to the United States as refugees during the Vietnam War in 1975. As he grew up in America, he began to notice that most movies and books about the war focused on Americans while the Vietnamese were silenced and erased. He was inspired by this lack of representation to write about the war from a Vietnamese perspective, globally reimagining what we thought we knew about the conflict. The New York Times says that his debut novel, The Sympathizer, "fills a void…giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of forty years ago in new light." The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize, was a Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner, and made the finalist list for the PEN/Faulkner award. His voice is refreshing and powerful as he urges readers to examine the legacy of that tumultuous time and its aftermath from a new perspective. The audacious novel has been described by The Guardian as having "Whitman-like multiplicity" as it "reads the absolute opposite of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried."The Committed, the long-awaited follow-up to The Sympathizer, was published in 2021 and has been called "a masterwork" and "revelatory."

More information is available at his web site. Return to this page for the live stream link.

Sponsored by the Student Association of Graduates in English (SAGE), the Department of English, and the K-State Student Governing Association (SGA).



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