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Oct. 7, 2022

Visiting Writers Series to feature award-winning author, poet

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Northwest Missouri State University’s 2022-23 Visiting Writers Series continues Thursday, Oct. 18, with a night of readings by an award-winning author and a Northwest faculty member.

The event featuring Rebecca Aronson and Dr. John Gallaher begins at 7 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room. It is free and open to the public.

Aronson is the author of “Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom,” which received the 2016 Orison Books Poetry Prize, and the Albuquerque Museum Foundation’s 2019 Margaret Randall Books Award. Her other books include “Anchor” and the 2007 Main-Traveled Roads Poetry Prize winner “Creature, Creature.”

She is the recipient of a Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the Loft’s Speakeasy Poetry Prize and a 2018 Tennessee Williams Scholarship to Sewanee. She also is a co-founder and host of “Bad Mouth,” a series of words and music.

Gallaher is a Northwest professor of English and poet. He is the author of “Gentlemen in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls,” “The Little Book of Guesses,” “Map of the Folded World,” “Your Father on the Train of Ghosts” with G.C. Waldrep, “In Landscape,” “Ghost/Landscape” with Kristina Maria Darling and “Brand New Spacesuit.”

He is co-editor of The Laurel Review, a nationally distributed, biannual literary arts magazine composed of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. He also is the advisor for Northwest’s Scribblers and Medium Weight Forks, a student-created literary and art magazine.

The Visiting Writers Series is designed to enrich Northwest’s educational mission while promoting the values of community, civil discourse and self-expression. Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corporation, Green Tower Press and the Department of Language, Literature and Writing sponsor the series.

The Visiting Writers Series continues Oct. 27 with Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang.

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series, contact Daniel Biegelson, the series director and a senior instructor of English, at or 666.562.1266.


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Administration Building
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