Carr Reading Series is proud to be a sponsor of the third annual Pygmalion Literary Festival, part of Champaign-Urbana's renowned Pygmalion Festival. The literary events will be held in select venues in Urbana and Champaign, including the Krannert Art Museum, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Mike 'n Molly's Pub, and Cafeteria & Company. Featured authors include Mark Neely, Russell Evatt, Jaime Brunton, Michael Czyzniejewski, Christine Sneed, Ladan Osman, Adrian Matejka, Marcus Wicker, Jennine Capó Crucet, Janaka Stuckey, Jessica Hopper, Elena Passarello, and Brian Evenson. A literary bookfair featuring presses and journals from around the Midwest will be held at the Blind Pig on Saturday, Sept. 26, and a LitCrawl featuring readings from many local and regional writers will also be held on Saturday in downtown Champaign. For more information, visit thepygmalionfestival.com.
Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. More info can be found at karacandito.com.
The UIUC Creative Writing program is pleased to welcome back three alumni who have recently published their first books of fiction and poetry.
Lindsey Drager is the author of the novel The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015). She has fiction and creative nonfiction published or forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Journal, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Post Road, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, Zone 3, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, The Best Small Fictions 2015, edited by Robert Olen Butler, and elsewhere. She has received residencies from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, and has served as a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Colorado where she is the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at the University of Denver.
Rosalie Morales Kearns, a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, is the founder of Shade Mountain Press. She is the author of the magic-realist story collection Virgins and Tricksters (Aqueous, 2012) and editor of the short story anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press, 2015). She has an MFA from the University of Illinois and has stories, poems, essays, and book reviews published in Witness, Drunken Boat, Fiction Writers Review, The Nervous Breakdown, and other journals.
Matthew Minicucci is the author of Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Blackbird, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, and Third Coast, among others. He currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Richard Hoffman is author of the Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and Emblem. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. His new memoir, Love & Fury, is just out from Beacon Press. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
The Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series is made possible by a generous gift from benefactors Robert J. and Katherin Carr. All Carr Series events are free and open to the public.
Other recent visiting writers and poets in the series have included Andre Dubus III, Traci Brimhall, Sara Levine, Ginger Andrews, Ladan Osman, Roger Reeves, and Micheline Aharonian Marcom.
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