Creative Writing Reading Series Presents: Chigozie Obioma

The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma’s first novel, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. The powerful story of a family and a nation torn apart by violence, it received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author. It was also listed as one of the best books of 2015 by the Economist, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, and Wall Street Journal, among others. It has been translated into 26 languages and adapted for the stage. Named by Foreign Policy to its list of “100 Global Thinkers” and by The New York Times Book Review as “the heir to Chinua Achebe,” Obioma grew up speaking Yoruba, Igbo, and English in Akure, in southwestern Nigeria. He received his B.A. from Cyprus International University and his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Chigozie currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, is scheduled for publication in 2018. Event will be heald at the Business Building University Room, BB 2.06.04 at 7 p.m.


Creative Writing Reading Series Presents: Karen Tei Yamashita

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of several novels, including Through the Arc of the Rain Forest (1990), Brazil-Maru (1992), Tropic of Orange (1997), and I Hotel (2010). I Hotel was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the American Book Award, the California Book Award, and other awards. She has also published oddly wonderful hybrid books such as a mixed-genre graphic "short story collection, memoir and scrapbook" called Circle K Cycles (2001) and a collection of performances entitled Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance (2014). MLA will soon publish a pedagogy collection on teaching her work. She is an associate professor at the University of California Santa Cruz. Event will be heald at the Business Building University Room, BB 2.06.04 at 7 p.m.

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News and Kudos

Professor Kinitra Brooks has received the title of Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair 2017-2018. MA student Caroline Trejo's article about Dr. Brooks' recognition can be found here. Congratulations, Dr. Brooks!

Dr. Brooks has also been featured in The Cut's article "Beyonce is the Leonardo da Vinci." The full article can be found here.

Dr. Nerio has articles on the epistolary novel forthcoming in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London, Cambridge University Press, 2018. Excellent work, Dr. Nerio!

Congratulations to English major Jeremiah Hobbs! His paper, "Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen: History Repeats History," has been accepted for publication in the UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Works

Congratulations, Dr. Cuevas, on winning the McNair Scholars Program Faculty Mentor of the Year (2017) Award, and thank you for your involvement in students' lives. You are an invaluable member of our faculty!

Dr. Nerio has been asked to contribute research on the epistolary novel for The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, and she will be giving a short talk on nineteenth-century biographies of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu at the 18th and 19th C. British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thank you for being such an outstanding representative of our university and department.

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