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GVSU Writers Series: First Books Festival

When
Thursday, April 11, 2013
2:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Where
Various venues on Allendale Campus

Category
Literary Arts

Description
Poet Glenn Shaheen, novelist V.V. Ganeshananthan, and short story writer Amina Gautier will give presentations.

Panel discussion about publishing 2:30-3:30 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 2215/2216

Reading at 7:30 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 2215/2216

Individual Q+As: these are primarily 4-5:15 p.m. class visits, but open to the public:

Glenn Shaheen visits Writing 320, Lake Superior Hall, room 136

Amina Gautier visits Writing 430, Au Sable Hall, room 1136

V. V. Ganeshananthan visits Writing 430, Niemeyer Honors Hall, room 220

Glenn Shaheen received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in Michigan, where he edits the journal NANO Fiction and is the poetry editor for Third Coast. His book of poems, Predatory, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and is available from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New Republic, Subtropics, and elsewhere. He presently serves on the board of directors for the Radius of Arab-American Writers, Inc.

Amina Gautier is the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for her short story collection At-Risk. More than seventy of her short stories have been published, and her fiction appears in the anthologies Best African American Fiction and New Stories from the South and in numerous literary journals including Antioch Review, North American Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly.

Gautier is the recipient of the William Richey Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, and the Danahy Fiction Prize, among others. She has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Sewanee Writer's Conference, Callaloo Writer's Workshop, Hurston/Wright Writer's Workshop, and the Ucross Residency. Gautier was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Chicago, IL, where she is an assistant professor of English at DePaul University, teaching courses in creative writing and African American literature.

V.V. Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, is a graduate of Harvard College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Sepia Mutiny, Himal Southasian, and The American Prospect, among others. A former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association, she currently serves on the board of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and on the graduate board of The Harvard Crimson. She teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is the Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. Random House published her first novel, Love Marriage, in April 2008. The book was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World's Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.

Open to the public with free admission. For more information about the GVSU Writers Series contact Caitlin Horrocks, assistant professor in the Writing Department at (616) 331-8022, or horrockc@gvsu.edu.