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WIU to Host Three Authors May 2 for Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writers in Residence

April 23, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of English will host the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writers in Residence Thursday, May 2.

This year's writers are poetry and fiction writers Peter Gizzi, Natalia Sylvester and Marianne Broyles. A question and answer session will be held at 3 p.m. in the third floor auditorium of Sherman Hall and a reading by the authors will begin at 5 p.m. in Taylor Hall in downtown Macomb.

Gizzi is the author of seven collections of poetry: most recently "Archeophonics," which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, a Howard Foundation Grant and the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at Cambridge University. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Sylvester is the author of the novels "Chasing the Sun," which was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and "Everyone Knows You Go Home," which won an International Latino Book Award, the 2018 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Miami and is now a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at Regis University.

Broyles earned her master's degree from the University of Memphis. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and currently lives in Nashville, TN, where she works as a psychiatric nurse. "Liquid Mercury Girl," published this year, is her second collection of poetry. Her first collection, "The Red Window," was published in 2008 by West End Press.

The Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence supports bringing national writers of poetry and fiction to Western each year.


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