NC State Literary Readings Fall 2022
MISHA LAZZARA & SARAH GRUNDER RUIZ (Fiction)
September 21, 7:00PM Caldwell Hall Lounge, Caldwell Hall (map)
Misha Lazzara was born and raised in Minnesota, attended undergrad in TX and received her MA in English from UNC Charlotte. Misha then received her MFA at the best writing program in the country, NC State. She currently teaches fiction writing at UNC in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband and three kids.
Sarah Grunder Ruiz is a writer, educator, and karaoke enthusiast. Originally from South Florida, she now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She holds an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University, where she now teaches First-Year Writing. She is the author of two novels: Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships, and Luck and Last Resorts.
TIYA MILES (Creative Non-fiction)
October 27, 6:00PM Hunt Library Auditorium, Hunt Library (map)
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Tiya Miles is the author of six books, including the prize-winning histories The Dawn of Detroit:
A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (2017), The House on Diamond Hill:
A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010), and Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in
Slavery and Freedom (2005, 2015). She has also published historical fiction, a lecture series on
haunted plantations, a co-edited collection on Afro-Native studies, and various essays in The
New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, CNN.com, and other media outlets. She has
consulted with colleagues at historic sites and museums on representations of slavery, African
American material culture, and the Black-Native intersectional past, including, most recently,
the Fabric of a Nation quilt exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her work has been
supported by a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award, the Mellon Foundation, and the
National Endowment for the Humanities. Her latest book, All That She Carried: The Journey of
Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (2021) has been awarded the National Book Award for
Nonfiction, the Darlene Clark Hine Award in African American Women’s History and Lawrence
Levine Award in Cultural History from the Organization of American Historians, the PEN
America John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for
Nonfiction. All That She Carried was named A Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The
Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, NPR, Publisher’s Weekly,
The Atlantic, Time, and more.) Miles taught on the faculty of the University of Michigan for
sixteen years and is currently the Michael Garvey Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae
Professor at Harvard University.
S.A. COSBY (Fiction)
November 16, 7:00PM Hunt Library Auditorium, Hunt Library (map)
S. A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from Southeastern Virginia. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a best book of the year by NPR, The Guardian, and Library Journal, among others. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.