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NC State Reading Series 2014-2015

Belle Boggs
Wednesday September 17, Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall at 7:30 p.m.

2014 Visiting Writer Belle Boggs’ first book, Mattaponi Queen, was published in June 2010 by Graywolf Press. Mattaponi Queen won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Award, was short-listed for the 2010 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, was one of Kirkus Review’s top fiction debuts for 2010. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Paris Review, Orion, Harper’s, Glimmer Train, the Sun, and the Oxford American, among other publications. Her recent nonfiction, For the Public Good, was published to acclaim in 2013, and her novel The Ugly Bear List is forthcoming.


Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah
Thursday October 2, Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall
at 7:30 p.m.

Jamaal May‘s first book, Hum, received the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the Spirit of Detroit Award, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize and fellowships from Cave Canem, Frost Place, Bucknell University, and Kenyon College. Recent poetry can be found in The Believer, The New Republic, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Best American Poetry 2014, and the anthology Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking/Penguin, 2015). Recent prose appears online from Poets and Writers as well as Poetry. From Detroit he teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with poet Tarfia Faizullah.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in West Texas, Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, New England Review, Washington Square, and elsewhere. She lives in Detroit, where she is a writer-in-residence for InsideOut Literary Arts and co-edits the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press with Jamaal May. In Fall 2014, she will join the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in Poetry.


Wiley Cash
& the NCSU Fiction Contest Awards
Wednesday November 19, Caldwell Hall Lounge on the NC State Campus at 7:30 p.m.

North Carolina native Wiley Cash is The New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy, which are both available from William Morrow/​HarperCollinsPublishers. Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review, and other publications. Wiley teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

Parking is available in the North Lot for readings in Caldwell Lounge and at the Coliseum Deck for readings in Thompson Hall.