Live Oak Reading: Kelly Luce (3/18/14 at 6:30 pm, MOUS 320).
Join the Department of English as we welcome Kelly Luce, author of the short story collection Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail. Kelly Luce grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, among others. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and Austin, Texas, where she is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and is the fiction editor of Bat City Review. (Poster)
Public Reading: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (3/24/14, 7:00 pm, Kelly Alum Center, Cox B & C).
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, the Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, is author of such acclaimed books as The River Between, Decolonizing the Mind, and Devil on the Cross, as well as the recent In the House of the Interpreter. Born and raised in Kenya, Ngugi rose to prominence in the mid-1960s and 1970s writing on post-colonialism and the struggles in Africa. After writing critically about the dictatorship in Kenya, Ngugi was arrested and placed in prison for an entire year in 1977. After being released due to international pressure, he continued to write. While publicizing a book in Britain in 1982, Ngugi learned of a plot by the dictatorship in his country to kill him upon his return. Thus, he was forced into exile, where he has remained to the present. Ngugi has received seven honorary doctorates and is the winner of numerous awards. His work continues to inspire those interested in postcolonial studies and world literature, and he remains one of the most influential writer-activists of our day.
Professor Ngugi’s public reading event is free and open to the public. Since seating is limited, however, online pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored jointly by the English Department, AddRan College of Liberal Arts, John V. Roach Honors College, and by TCU's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Poster of Event)
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