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Visiting Writers and Speakers, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022



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  

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




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).


Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang3:30 p.m., Friday, February 25, 2022, Zoom

Ira Sukrungruang was born in Chicago to Thai immigrants and is currently the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. He is the author of four nonfiction books This Jade World (2021), Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations (2018), Southside Buddhist (2014) and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (2010), the short story collection The Melting Season (2016), and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night (2013). With friend Donna Jarrell, he co-edited two anthologies that examines the fat experience through a literary lens—What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology (2003) and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology (2005). 

He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of Writers and Writing Program (AWP), and is currently on the Advisory Board of Machete, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press dedicated to publishing innovative nonfiction by authors who have been historically marginalized.

Sukrungruang is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award for Southside Buddhist, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Anita Claire Scharf Award in Poetry. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including The Rumpus, American Poetry ReviewThe Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is the president of Sweet: A Literary Confection, a literary nonprofit organization.

More information available at Sukrungruang's web site. Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/iraskstate2022 

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


Aimee Bahng and Thea Tagle

4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 4, 2022, Zoom


A moderated conversation with Dr. Aimee Bahng and Dr. Thea Tagle on speculative resurgence and art/aesthetics, especially in relation to Asian American cultural forms.

Registration is free but required: https://tinyurl.com/bahngtaglekstate

Sponsored by the Department of English. Part of the 31st Annual Cultural Studies Symposium. 


Lillian Li

Lillian Li3:30 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2022, Zoom

Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant, which was an NPR Best Book of 2018, and long-listed for the Women’s Prize and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Granta, One Story, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor. 

More information available at Li's web site. Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/lillianlikstate2022 

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


Malinda LoMalinda Lo, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2022, Zoom

Malinda Lo is the bestselling author of Last Night at the Telegraph Club, winner of the National Book Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, as well as Michael L. Printz and Walter Dean Myers honors.

Her debut novel Ash, a Sapphic retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s short fiction and nonfiction has been published by The New York Times, NPR, Autostraddle, The Horn Book, and multiple anthologies.

More information available at Lo's web site. Free; registration required. Register at https://tinyurl.com/kstatechalc2022 by Friday, March 25, at 5:00 pm. Registrants will receive a Zoom link by separate email in advance of the event.

Co-sponsored by the Children's and Adolescent Literature Community (ChALC), K-State's SGA, and the Department of English. Part of the 8th Biennial ChALC Conference. 




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