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Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series


‌2018-2019 Schedule

This series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake University Center for the Humanities. All events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions regarding Writers & Critics Events, please contact Yasmina Madden at yasmina.madden@drake.edu .

Alexia Arthurs: Thursday, October 25, 7pm
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University                                                        
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Alexia Arthurs was born and raised in Jamaica and moved with her family to Brooklyn when she was twelve. A graduate of Hunter College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been published in Granta, The Sewanee Review, Small Axe, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vice, Shondaland, Buzzfeed, and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Plimpton Prize in 2017.

How to Love a Jamaican is her debut short story collection. Alexia Arthurs lives in Iowa City, where she is a visiting assistant professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop

Writers Night: Monday, February 25, 7:30pm
Medbury Honors Lounge, Drake University

Vu Tran: Thursday, February 28, 7pm
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Vu Tran's first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year.  His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery Stories, Best of Fence, and other publications.  He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, and has also been a fellow at Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a criticism columnist for the Virginia Quarterly Review, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in English & Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

Grant Faulkner, Kim Magowan, and Michelle Ross: Wednesday, April 10, 7pm
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University

WC spring19Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He's published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo; Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories; and Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review. They have also been included in anthologies such as Best Small Fictions 2016 and Norton's New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He also hosts Write-minded, a weekly podcast on writing and publishing.


WC spring19Kim Magowan's short story collection Undoing won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award and was published in March 2018. Her novel The Light Source is forthcoming from 7.13 Books in 2019. Her fiction has been published in Atticus Review, Bird's Thumb, Cleaver, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, JMWW, New World Writing, Sixfold, and many other journals. She is Fiction Editor of Pithead Chapelwww.kimmagowan.com


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Michelle Ross is the author of There's So Much They Haven't Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, The Common, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, SmokeLong QuarterlyTriQuarterly, and other venues. She is fiction editor of Atticus Review and was a consulting editor for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology. www.michellenross.com 

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