1. He graduated from Ball State in 2011.
2. In the words of Lisa Olstein, his debut book, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, contains “poems compelled by crosscurrents of hope and fear, sadness and joy, confusion and clarity.”
4. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys playing disc golf and wearing tank tops.
5. You can check out his website here and read more of his work before he triumphantly returns to campus this week.
1. Thrown, her book-length essay, is an account of three years spent in the company of mixed martial artists. It is narrated from the perspective of an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit.
2. Howley teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
3. Jennifer Latson of the Boston Globe has called Thrown “a fresh, funny, and highly cerebral treatise on the philosophical merits of cage fighting, which challenges not only the stigma surrounding the sport but the conventions of literary nonfiction itself.”
4. Thrown is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of 2014, an NPR best book of 2014, a Slate Book Review best book of 2014, and Time magazine’s #2 best book of nonfiction for 2014.
5. You can explore her website here to read more of her work before she comes to campus on March 17 and 18.
1. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, and Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014.
2. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan
3. Huffington Post has called her novel, “a powerhouse of a debut…a literary mystery crafted out of shimmering prose and precise, painful observation about racial barriers, the burden of familial expectations, and the basic human thirst for belonging.”
4. Her stories and essays have appeared in One Story, Five Chapters, and elsewhere.
5. You can visit her website here and read some of her work before she comes to campus on March 17 and 18.