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Queens Announces MFA Faculty Readings

05/14/13 -  

This semester's reading series will feature a reading by Jonathan Dee, the author of six novels, including The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.  A Thousand Pardons, Dee's newest novel, was described by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan as "that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller. Eerily suspenseful and packed with dramatic event, it also offers a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective longing for authenticity in these over-mediated times." 

The details for all faculty readings are listed below. 

Sunday, May 19, 8 p.m.
Ketner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center, Free

Jonathan Dee is the author of the novels The Privileges, A Thousand Pardons, Palladio, St. Famous, The Liberty Campaign and The Lover of History. He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, a frequent literary critic for Harper's and a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review.

Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire, was published in May 2012 by WW Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and other journals.

Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 p.m.
Ketner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center, Free

Kevin Moffett is the author of two books, Permanent Visitors, which won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events. He is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's and his stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Believer, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. He has received the National Magazine Award, the Nelson Algren Award, the Pushcart Prize, and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. The Silent History, a collaborative multipart narrative he's written with Matt Derby and Eli Horowitz, was released as an app for devices in fall 2012. It will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in spring 2013.

Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Apology.  His memoir Sleep in Me was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is currently being translated into Chinese.  He is also the author of the poetry collections The Translator's Diary and Birthmark.  His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, among others.

Friday, May 24, 8:30
Ketner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center, Free

Rebecca McClanahan's newest nonfiction book is The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change.  She's also the author of five volumes of poetry, a collection of nonfiction The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, and three books about the writing craft, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Boulevard and numerous anthologies.

Daniel Mueller is the author of the new collection of short stories Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey.  His previous collection, How Animals Mate, won the Sewanee Fiction Prize in 1999 and was reissued in paperback in 2000. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies, including Playboy, Story, Story Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Crescent Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Orchid and Henfield Prize Stories and Prairie Schooner.

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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