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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 13, 2017

Visiting Writers Series to feature authors Weinstein, Berry Jan. 24

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Language, Literature and Writing will host authors Alexander Weinstein and Simeon Berry for its next installment of the Visiting Writers Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room.

The event is free and open to the public. Kawasaki and The Laurel Review will sponsor the reading.

Weinstein is an associate professor of creative writing at Siena Heights University, a freelance editor and leads fiction workshops in the United States and Europe. He is also director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection “Children of the New World.” His fiction and translations have appeared in “Cream City Review,” “Hayden’s Ferry Review,” “Notre Dame Review,” “Pleiades,” “PRISM International,” “World Literature Today” and other journals.

He is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and his fiction has been awarded the Lamar York, Gail Crump, Hamlin Garland and New Millennium Prize. His stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and appear in anthologies such as 2013 New Stories from the Midwest, and the 2014 and 2015 Lascaux Prize Stories.

Berry is a former associate editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. His first book, “Ampersand Revisited,” won the 2013 National Poetry Series and his second book, “Monograph,” won the 2014 National Poetry Series.

His work has won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant and a Career Chapter Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in Crazyhorse, AGNI, Colorado Review, Blackbird, DIAGRAM, The Iowa Review and American Letters & Commentary, among other journals.

The reading is designed to promote creativity, diversity and literature as a living and meaningful art form to help people better understand the world in which they live.

For more information, contact Daniel Biegelson, director of the Visiting Writers Series and an 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