Faculty readings coming to Burke’s
By Corey Mesler
On September 23, Burke’s Book Store welcomes The Memphis Creative Non-fiction Workshop for a group of faculty readings. The readings will begin at 5:30pm. Those participating are Kristen Iversen, Neil White, Bob Cowser, and Kory Wells.
Kristen Iversen is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis and is also Editor-in-Chief of The Pinch, an award-winning literary journal of prose, poetry, art, and photography. Her first book, Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, won the Colorado Book Award and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction and led to extensive work with A & E Biography and The History Channel.
Neil White has been a newspaper editor, magazine publisher, advertising executive, and federal prisoner. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi where he operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays, and teaches memoir writing. His memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts (Morrow/HarperCollins), is about the year he lived with the last victims of leprosy in the continental United States and was released in June 2009. The book was described by Publisher’s Weekly as having “brisk, ironic, perceptive . . . White’s introspective memoir puts a magnifying glass to a flawed life, revealing that all of life is to be savored and respected.”
Bob Cowser, Jr. was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in rural west Tennessee where his parents worked as college English teachers. Bob’s first book, Dream Season, published in 2004 by the Atlantic Monthly Press, was a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” and “Paperback Row” selection and was listed among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s best-ever college sports books.
Kory Wells is a mentor at Writer’s Loft at Middle Tennessee State University where she provides one-on-one guidance to students in this unique, low-residency creative writing program. Kory’s first poetry collection, Heaven Was the Moon, was published by March Street Press in fall 2009.
If there are any questions concerning this event, please contact Corey Mesler at 901-278-7484.