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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 1, 2015

3 English faculty to showcase their recently published books

Faculty in Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages will host a showcase and read from their recently published books at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Tower View Room of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

The evening will feature Dr. John Gallaher, associate professor of English; Luke Rolfes, instructor of English; and Jose Palacios, assistant professor of modern languages.

Each author published their work during the last year. Gallaher’s book, “In a Landscape,” is described as a “diary-poem,” a “daybook,” “autobiography-in-verse” and an “essay-poem.” “Flyover Country,” authored by Rolfes, is a collection of short fiction stories that examine crushing truths and strange consolations of Middle America, while offering gripping visions of the struggle for identity, dignity and sometimes life itself. In “One Step from Juarez,” a bilingual book, Palacios, aka Joseph Avski, recounts his life in El Paso, Texas, as a new immigrant from Colombia.

Incoming English and Spanish majors received one of the books last spring, as a gift from the Department of English and Modern Languages.

“We couldn’t remember a time in our department’s history when three members of the faculty had books out at the same time, and in three different genres,” said Richard Sonnenmoser, an assistant professor of English at Northwest who is coordinating the showcase.

First-year students in English and Modern Languages are invited to a meet-and-greet and have pizza with the authors before the reading. 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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