Reading to Debut New Works by U of I Creative Writing Faculty
MOSCOW, Idaho — Fiction, poetry and nonfiction enthusiasts will hear about the latest work from the University of Idaho’s creative writing faculty at the Master of Fine Arts Faculty Sneak Peek at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St.
“Moscow’s literary community is one of the most vibrant and concentrated in the Northwest,” said Tobias Wray, director of the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Programs. “Where else are there so many internationally-recognized writers per capita? This event will showcase writing that’s still fresh, sometimes even early drafts, the stuff the public hasn’t seen yet. This is a sneak peek at what the rest of the world will have to wait to see in print.”
The lineup includes previews of new works by:
- Kim Barnes, university distinguished professor, is the author of two memoirs, including “In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country” that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of three novels, and her essays, poems and stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Oprah Magazine.
- Michael McGriff, assistant professor, is an author, editor and translator. His story collection, co-authored with J.M. Tyree, “Our Secret Life in the Movies” was selected as one of National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2014. His poetry collections include “Early Hour,” “Black Postcards,” “Home Burial” and “Dismantling the Hills.”
- Brian Blanchfield, assistant professor, is the author of three books of prose and poetry, including, most recently, “Proxies: Essays Near Knowing,” which received a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. His literary essays and poetry have appeared in many publications, including Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The Paris Review and Chicago Review.
- Daniel Orozco, associate professor, is an award-winning fiction writer, known for his short stories. He received a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, as well as a Literature Fellowship in Fiction from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. His short story “Orientation” has been featured in The Seattle Review, The Best American Short Stories 1995, NPR and in a collection of his work “Orientation: And Other Stories” published in 2011.
- Alexandra Teague, associate professor, is the author of three books of poetry. Those are “Or What We’ll Call Desire,” “The Wise and Foolish Builders” and “Mortal Geography,” winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and California Book Award. She is also the author of the novel “The Principles Behind Floatation” and co-editor of the anthology “Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S.”
- Scott Slovic, professor, is a leading scholar in environmental literature and is the author, editor or co-editor of 25 books. Much of his current work focuses on collecting, communicating and receiving information in the context of humanitarian and environmental crises.
- Tobias Wray, director of the Creative Writing Programs, is a poet whose work has appeared in journals and anthologies. His recent publications include Blackbird, Bellingham Review and Meridian. He received the Edward W. Ryan Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 2015.