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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

English Job Talks

The Department of English is hosting three candidates for a position in creative writing next week.

Monday, February 3
CW Candidate Job Talk: Kim Todd
2:30 pm, Lind 207A
Todd received her MFA and MS in environmental studies from the University of Montana and is assistant professor at Penn State Erie. She is the author of Sparrow (2012) and Tinkering with Eden, a Natural History of Exotics in America (2001), as well as a biography of the explorer Maria Sibylla Merian. The New York Times Book Review called Tinkering a "fascinating, cautionary first book."
Wednesday, February 5
CW Candidate Job Talk: Matthew Frank
2:30 pm, Lind 207A
Frank received his MFA from Arizona State and is assistant professor at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of the memoirs Barolo and Pot Farm as well as three poetry collections. Of Pot Farm, Booklist wrote: "This engaging memoir chronicles the unusual route the author and his wife took to mental rehabilitation after Frank's mother's grueling, months-long battle with cancer: they took up residence on a medical-marijuana farm in Northern California. . . . A highly entertaining tale."
Thursday, February 6
CW Candidate Job Talk: Ben Stroud
2:30 pm, Lind 207A
Stroud received his MA, MFA, and PhD from the University of Michigan and is assistant professor at the University of Toledo. He is the author of Byzantium: Stories (2013), which won the 2014 Story Prize Spotlight Award. Harper's noted: "[Stroud] evinces a sharp yet sympathetic eye for human failure. In Byzantium, Stroud extends this same eye to personal and social subjects across millennia, telling stories that range from the violent political intrigue of the titular city to the half-hearted adultery committed by a Ph.D. student in modern-day Berlin."