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Queens' Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing announces its next series of faculty readings

12/13/13 -  

The Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte is pleased to announce its next series of free faculty readings. This semester's series will feature a reading by Jenny Offill, whose new novel, Dept. of Speculation, has been described by Lydia Millet as "a brilliant, soulful elegy to the hardships and joys of married life."    

Details for all faculty readings are listed below. 

Sunday, January 5, 8 p.m., Ketner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center

Cathy Smith Bowers' poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review and The Kenyon Review. She is a winner of The General Electric Award for Younger Writers, recipient of a South Carolina Poetry Fellowship and winner of The South Carolina Arts Commission Fiction Project. Smith Bowers is also the author of several collections of poetry: The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas, Texas Tech University Press, 1992; Traveling in Time of Danger, Iris Press, 1999; and A Book of Minutes, Iris Press, 2004.  The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers was recently published by Press 53.

Peter Stitt has been the editor of the Gettysburg Review since its founding in 1988 and is the author of the new collection of essays The Perfect Life and two books about poetry, The World's Hieroglyphic Beauty and Uncertainty and Plenitude. His creative nonfiction appears in most issues of the Gettysburg Review under the heading "Editor's Pages." He has also published in the Georgia Review, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review and many other periodicals.

Friday, January 10, 8:30 p.m., Ketner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Dept. of Speculation and Last Things, which was chosen as a notable or best book of the year by the New York Times, The Village Voice and The Guardian (U.K.). It was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Story, Boulevard, Significant Objects and Electric Literature among other places. She is the co-editor, with Elissa Schappell, of two anthologies of essays, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her children's books include 17 Things I'm Not Allowed To Do Anymore and its sequel 13 Experiments That Failed.

Morri Creech is the author of three collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals, Field Knowledge, which received the Anthony Hecht Poetry prize and was nominated for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Poet's Prize, and The Sleep of Reason. A recipient of NEA and Ruth Lilly Fellowships, as well as grants from the North Carolina and Louisana Arts councils, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Queens, where he teaches courses in both the undergraduate creative writing program and in the low-residency MFA program.

For more information on the readings or on the Queens MFA Program in Creative Writing, contact Melissa Bashor, MFA Coordinator, at 704-337-2499 or by e-mail at

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