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NC State Reading Series 2014-2015

September 17- Belle Boggs (fiction), 7:30PM Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall

NC State Creative Writing Program 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, was long-listed for The Story Prize, and was a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for fiction. 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 collection of essays, The Art of Waiting, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press, along with a novel, The Ugly Bear List.

October 2- Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah (poetry)

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. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Project Award, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Copper Nickel Poetry Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop and Vermont Studio Center, and other honors. Tarfia has served as associate editor for Blackbird, and is a contributing editor for Four Way Review, Failbetter, and Asian American Literary Review. 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.

November 19- Wiley Cash (2014 NC State Fiction Contest Judge) & 2014 NC State Fiction Contest Awards, 7:30PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall

Wiley Cash is The New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road To Mercy (William Morrow/​HarperCollins). 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. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. 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. 

January 27- Allan Gurganus (fiction); 7:30PM Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall

North Carolina native and bestselling novelist and short-story writer Allan Gurganus' works include Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Plays Well With Others, White People, and the short-story collection Local Souls. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Gurganus is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

March 5- Noel Crook and celeste doaks (poetry); 7:30PM Currituck Room, Talley Student Union

North Carolina State University MFA alumna Noel Grook is the author of Salt Moon (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry first book award, and the chapbook Canyon (Red Dragonfly Press).  Crook's poems have appeared in Best New Poets, New Letters, Shenandoah and other journals.  She is the poetry editor of rSun Editions and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, 2015). In 2012, she received the Lucille Clifton Scholarship to attend Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Her work has garnered a variety of accolades including the 2009 Academy of American Poets Graduate Prize, the 2010 AWP WC&C Scholarship, and residencies at Atlantic Center of the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her journalism has appeared in The Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review). Her poems have been published in multiple online and print publications such as Chicago Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Bayou Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. The new anthology Rabbit Ears: TV poems presents her most recent poems. Celeste received her MFA from North Carolina State University; she currently teaches creative writing at Morgan State University.

March 25- Gibbons Ruark (2015 NC State Poetry Contest Judge) & 2015 NC State Poetry Contest Awards, 7:30PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall

Gibbons Ruark was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1941, and grew up in various Methodist parsonages in the eastern part of the state. Educated at the Universities of North Carolina and Massachusetts, he taught English largely at the University of Delaware until his retirement in 2005. He has published his poems widely for fifty years. Among his eight collections are Keeping Company (Johns Hopkins, 1983), Rescue the Perishing (LSU, 1991), Passing Through Customs: New and Selected Poems (LSU, 1999) and Staying Blue, a 2008 chapbook from Lost Hills Books of Duluth, Minnesota. The recipient of many awards, including three NEA Poetry Fellowships, residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, a Pushcart Prize, the 1984 Saxifrage Prize for Keeping Company and inclusion in the 2009 Best American Poetry, he lives with his wife Kay in Raleigh.

Aprill 22- 2015 NC State University MFA Graduate Reading, 6:00PM, Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall

2015 Graduates of North Carolina State University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program read from their work.

Free parking is available in the North Lot for readings in Caldwell Lounge and at the Coliseum Deck for readings in Thompson Hall and Talley Student Union