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Winter MFA Faculty Readings

12/19/12 -  

The Winter 2013 MFA Faculty Reading Series will feature readings by Lauren Groff, author of the critically acclaimed novel Arcadia, which was listed as New York Times Notable Book for 2012, and Dana Spiotta, whose 2011 novel Stone Arabia was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Arcadia was described in The New York Times Book Review as a "lush and visual" novel, with a narrative that reaches from the 1960s to a dystopian future.  Writing about Stone Arabia in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani called the novel "a clever meditation on the feedback loop between life and art, and a moving portrait of a brother and sister, whose wild youth on the margins of the rock scene has given way to the disillusionments and vexations of middle age."

The details for all faculty readings are listed below.

Sunday, January 6, 8:00
Ketner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center, Free

Lauren Groff is the author of the acclaimed 2012 novel Arcadia. Her first novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was a New York Times and Booksense bestseller, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, and translated into nine languages. Stories from her second book, Delicate Edible Birds, were published in journals and anthologies including the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, One Story,  Best American Short Stories and Best New American Writers. She is the recipient of a Pushcart prize and the Axton Fellowship in Fiction from the University of Louisville, and has received other fellowships from Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and Ragdale. She lives with her family in Gainesville, Florida.



Emily White is the author of Fast Girls (Scribner), and her work has appeared in various magazines including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Spin, Newsday, and Nest. Her biography of white collar criminal Dana Giacchetto, You Will Make Money In Your Sleep, will be published in June by Scribner. She was a Stegner fellow at Stanford and has taught at Richard Hugo House in Seattle.


Friday, January 11, 8:30 pm
Ketner Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center, Free  

Dana Spiotta is the author of the novels Lightning Field (2001); Eat the Document (2006), which was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.  She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2007 and received the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in 2008.  She teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

Alan Michael Parker is the author of seven poetry collections including the most recent Long Division, from Tupelo Press.  He is also the author of three novels, including The Committee on Town Happiness, forthcoming from Dzanc Books, and has edited three anthologies, including The Imaginary Poets. The author of more than 100 poems published in journals including The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, and The Yale Review, he has read from his work and lectured widely, including in Las Vegas, on the Menominee reservation, and at the Sorbonne. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and Salon. Two of Alan Michael Parker's collections of poems were named "Notable Books" by the National Book Critics Circle; The Imaginary Poets was runner-up for the 2006 IPPY Award for Best Anthology. His other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the 2003 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America for a poem on a humanitarian theme, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a citation from the Modern Language Association. He directs the creative writing program at Davidson College.


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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