NC State Literary Readings Spring 2022

January 27, 7:30PM (Virtual Event -- by invitation)
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.


February 9, 7:30PM (Virtual Event -- by invitation)
Maria Dahvana Headley is the New York Times-bestselling, Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning author of eight books, most recently BEOWULF: A NEW TRANSLATION (MCD x FSG), which was named as a book of the year by The Atlantic Monthly, NPR, Vox, The Irish Times, The Guardian, the New Statesman, and more. It won the 2021 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Related Work. Her essays on gender, chronic illness, politics, propaganda, and mythology have been published and covered in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Harvard’s Nieman Storyboard, and elsewhere. She teaches writing in the master's program at Sarah Lawrence. She grew up in the high desert of Idaho on a survivalist sled dog ranch, where she spent summers plucking the winter coat from her father’s wolf.

April 7, 7:30PM (Virtual Event -- by invitation)
Michael Prior is a writer and teacher. His most recent book of poems, Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House, 2020), won the Canada-Japan Literary Award, and the BC & Yukon Book Prizes' Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Model Disciple (Véhicule Press, 2016), which was named one of the best books of the year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Michael is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Jerome Foundation, and Hawthornden Literary Retreat. His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies across North America and the UK, including Poetry, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Sewanee Review, Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, PN Review, Ambit, Global Poetry Anthology (2015 and 2020), and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day series. Michael holds graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and Cornell University. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Macalester College.