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Naomi Shihab Nye workshop

Location:
Zoom. Link provided to students via email.
Cost:
Free
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Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball, Never in a Hurry, I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are you Okay? Tales of Driving and Being Driven (essays); Habibi and Going Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar, Sitti's Secrets, and Famous (picture books) and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories).

Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including Time You Let Me In, This Same Sky, The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings from the Middle East, What Have You Lost?, and Transfer. Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association. The Turtle of Oman was also awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. She was named Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2019, awarded the 2019 Lon Tinkle Award by the Texas Institute of Letters, and elected into The American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2021. Her most recent books are Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners (2018; Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins) and The Tiny Journalist (2019; BOA Editions).
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Stacey Swann Reading and Q&A

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 Center Street, Kyle, Texas 78640
Cost:
Free
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Stacey Swann’s debut novel Olympus, Texas was a Good Morning America Book Club selection, an Indie Next Pick, and was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Swann holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in LitHubElectric LiteratureTexas HighwaysEpoch, and other journals. She splits her time between Austin and Lampasas, Texas.
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Joy Williams Reading and Q&A

Location:
Wittliff Collections, Texas State University
Cost:
Free
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Joy Williams is the author of five novels. Her first, State of Grace, was nominated for a National Book Award. Her book The Quick and the Dead was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her essay collection, Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. She is the author of the short story collections Taking Care, Escapes, and Honored Guest. A 30th anniversary reprint of The Changeling was issued in 2008 with an introduction by the American novelist Rick Moody. The book was also republished in 2018 to celebrate 40 years from its original publication. Her most recent novel, Harrow, was published in September 2021.
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Tim O’Brien Workshop

Location:
Zoom. Link provided to students via email.
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Free
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Texas State MFA students workshop fiction and nonfiction with Tim O'Brien.

Tim O’Brien is the author of nine books, including the universally acclaimed books, The Things They Carried, and Going After Cacciato, winner of the 1978 National Book Award. His other novels include If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me HomeNorthern Lights; The Nuclear Age;  Tomcat in Love; July, July; and In the Lake of the Woods. His most recent book is the memoir Dad's Maybe Book. He was a major contributor to Ken Burns’ renowned PBS documentary on the Vietnam War (2017), where his writing was featured. In 2012, O'Brien received both the Texas Writer Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.
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Jane Wong Reading and Q&A

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 Center Street, Kyle, Texas 78640
Cost:
Free
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Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything and Overpour. Her debut memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, is forthcoming in 2023. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. Her poems have appeared in Best American Nonrequired ReadingBest American PoetryThe New York TimesAmerican Poetry ReviewPOETRYThe Kenyon ReviewNew England Review, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the U.S. Fulbright Program. The recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, her first solo art show “After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly” was exhibited at the Frye Art Museum in 2019. Her artwork will also be a part of “Nourish,” an exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery in 2022.
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Tim O’Brien Workshop

Location:
Zoom. Link provided to students via email.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Texas State MFA students workshop fiction and nonfiction with Tim O'Brien.

Tim O’Brien is the author of nine books, including the universally acclaimed books, The Things They Carried, and Going After Cacciato, winner of the 1978 National Book Award. His other novels include If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me HomeNorthern Lights; The Nuclear Age;  Tomcat in Love; July, July; and In the Lake of the Woods. His most recent book is the memoir Dad's Maybe Book. He was a major contributor to Ken Burns’ renowned PBS documentary on the Vietnam War (2017), where his writing was featured. In 2012, O'Brien received both the Texas Writer Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.
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Jericho Brown Reading and Q&A

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 Center Street, Kyle, Texas 78640
Cost:
Free
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Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Reviewjubilat, The New RepublicThe New York Times, The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewTIME Magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.
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