MSU Reading Series: Faculty Reading (Ann Neelon, Dale Ray Phillips, Allen Wier)

Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery

15th Street
Murray, KY 42071

Three creative writing faculty members from the department of English and philosophy will give readings from their work Thursday, Feb. 8. Poet Ann Neelon and fiction writers Dale Ray Phillips and Allen Wier will read at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery on the Murray State campus. A book-signing and reception will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Ann Neelon is a native of Boston and a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and of Holy Cross College. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, as well as a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. Her collection of poems, "Easter Vigil," won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her poems and translations have appeared in "American Poetry Review," "Gettysburg Review," "Pequod," "Poetry East," "Manoa," "Michigan Quarterly Review" and other magazines. She is the founding editor of "New Madrid" and a professor at Murray State University.

Dale Ray Phillips is the author of the book "My People's Waltz," nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His short stories have appeared in "Best American Short Stories," "Best Stories from the South," "The Atlantic Monthly," "Harper's," "GQ," "Zoetrope" and literary quarterlies. He earned an MFA from the University of Arkansas and has taught at a variety of universities — most recently at Murray State University, where he held the endowed Watkins Chair in Creative Writing appointment and now serves as an assistant professor. 

Allen Wier is the author of four novels: "Blanco," "Departing as Air," "A Place for Outlaws" and "Tehano" in addition to two collections of of short stories: "Things about to Disappear" and, most recently, "Late Night, Early Morning" (University of Tennessee Press, 2017). His work has appeared in "The Southern Review," "The Georgia Review," "Ploughshares" and "The New York Times." Wier is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters, the John Dos Passos Prize for literature and the Robert Penn Warren Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Past chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Wier has taught writing at Carnegie-Mellon University, Hollins University, the University of Alabama and the University of Edinburgh's New Orleans Workshop. He is professor emeritus of the University of Tennessee, where he held the Hodges' Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Currently, Wier is the Watkins Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Murray State University.  

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Thursday, 08 February, 2018


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