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Authors Cliff Garstang and Rebecca GummereOctober 8, 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PMClaudia Belk, Trexler Center, Main Campus
Join us for readings by two of our MFA Alumni.
Rebecca's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Christian Science Monitor, Alimentum, Crack the Spine, The Gettysburg Review, The Weekly Rumpus, and the New South Journal. She was awarded a North Carolina Regional Artist Project grant in 2013 and was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay "The Departure." Her essay, "The Transit of Venus" was named runner-up in the 2015 New South Writing Contest and will be published in the New South Journal volume 8.2 in September, 2015. She has been selected as a fellow for an upcoming residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Rebecca is currently working on a book-length collection of essays on life, love, loss, and quarks.
Clifford Garstang grew up in the Midwest and received a BA from Northwestern University. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea, he earned an MA in English and a JD, both from Indiana University, and practiced international law in Singapore, Chicago, and Los Angeles with Sidley Austin, one of the largest law firms in the United States. Subsequently, he earned an MPA in International Development from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and worked for Harvard Law School as a legal reform consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From 1996 to 2001, he was Senior Counsel for East Asia at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where his work concentrated on China, Indonesia and Vietnam. He is the author of an award-winning collection of linked short stories, In an Uncharted Country. His second book, What the Zhang Boys Know, a novel in stories, won the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction. Garstang's work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Blackbird, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Cream City Review, Tampa Review, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere and has received Distinguished Mention in the Best American Series. He won the 2006 Confluence Fiction Prize and the 2007 GSU Review Fiction Prize, and has had a Walter E. Dakin Felloswhip to the Sewanee Writers' Conference and scholarships to both Sewanee and the Indiana University Writers' Conference, as well as residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Hambidge Center for the Arts, and Rivendell Writers' Colony.
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