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K-State Today

March 19, 2019

Fiction Writer Jamel Brinkley to read from his work at 3:30 p.m. Friday

Submitted by Karin Westman

Jamel Brinkley

On Friday, March 22, fiction writer Jamel Brinkley will read from his work at 3:30 p.m. in Wildcat Chamber in the K-State Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Brinkley is the author of "A Lucky Man: Stories" (Graywolf Press). He is a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Story Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in "The Best American Short Stories 2018," Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other places.

Brinkley has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

"In gorgeously unfussy prose, Jamel Brinkley's stories explore the ways that Black boys perform and achieve manhood. His characters are sympathetic but not self-pitying, and they haunt the reader long after the reading, like a chance and lucky encounter with a new friend," said Katy Karlin, associate professor of English and creative writing.

More information about Brinkley's work is available from his website

Brinkley's reading is sponsored by the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences and SGA Fine Arts fees.

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