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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 18, 2016

Northwest to host authors for Visiting Writers Series March 3

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages will host authors Dustin Parsons and David Welch for a poetry and fiction reading during the next installment of its Visiting Writer’s Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room.

Both writers are winners of contests organized by The Laurel Review, Northwest’s national literary magazine.

The reading is designed to expose students to contemporary literature as a living and meaningful art form while promoting the value of creativity and encountering different world views.

Welch and Parsons also will be available for an informal question-answer session at Novel Grounds in the B.D. Owens Library at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Both events are free and open to the public with sponsorships by Kawasaki and The Laurel Review.

Welch is the author of a chapbook of poems, “It Is Such a Good Thing to Be in Love with You” (The Laurel Review/Midwest Chapbook Series). He also is the recipient of the 2014 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He serves as an instructor and coordinator of literacy outreach in the English department at DePaul University and serves as poetry editor of Another Chicago Magazine.

Parsons has a Master of Arts degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. He has previously served as non-fiction editor of The Mid-American Review. His writing awards include an Ohio Arts grant and a New York Fine Arts grant in creative non-fiction, the 2013 American Literary Review Prize in fiction, the 2014 fiction prize from The Laurel Review and a “notable” honor in the 2014 Best American Essays.

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
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468