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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 28, 2016

Northwest to host authors for Visiting Writer’s Series

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages will host authors Megan Kaminski and Phong Nguyen as guests of its Visiting Writer’s Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room.

The event promotes creative writing and exposes students to contemporary literature and the value of creativity and encountering different world views.

It is free and open to the public with the sponsorship of Kawasaki.

Kaminski, an assistant professor at the University of Kansas’ Graduate Creative Writing Program, is the author of “Deep City” and “Desiring Map.” She also wrote nine chapbooks. Her poems and essays have appeared in “The Atlantic,” “American Letters & Commentary,” “Denver Quarterly,” “Puerto del Sol,” “Third Coast” and other journals.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, Kaminski lived in Los Angeles, Paris and Portland. She is the 2015-2016 Hall Center for the Humanities Creative Work Fellow. She curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence.

Nguyen, the author of the forthcoming novel “The Adventures of Joe Harper,” is an associate professor of fiction writing at the University of Central Missouri. He also wrote “Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History” and “Memory Sickness and Other Stories.” His stories have appeared in “AGNI Online,” “Boulevard,” “North American Review,” “New Letters,” “Massachusetts Review,” “Mississippi Review” and “ The Kenyon Review Online.”

He is the editor of “Pleiades” and the co-editor of “Nancy Hale: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master.”

For more information, contact Daniel Biegelson, instructor of English, at or 660.562.1266.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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