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Native American Writer Reads for UW MFA Series

October 6, 2009 — Novelist and short story writer Thomas King will read for the University of Wyoming's MFA Visiting Writers Series Monday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room. King will sign his books following the free event.

Called a "fresh, inventive, funny and vastly entertaining" writer by Publishers Weekly, King has written articles, stories and poems that have appeared in many journals. He has two collections of short stories and has written novels "Medicine River," "Truth and Bright Water," and "Green Grass, Running Water," which was a finalist for Canada's Governor General Award.

King has also written two mysteries under the name Hartley GoodWeather and the children's books "Coyote's New Suit" and "A Coyote Columbus Story." He also wrote for the CBC Radio show "The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour."

The MFA in Creative Writing Program, the American Indian Studies Program, the Wyoming Humanities Council, the University Bookstore, a private donor and the President's Advisory Council on Minorities' and Women's Affairs sponsor King's visit.

Each semester, The MFA's Visiting Writers Series brings distinguished writers and emerging new voices to Wyoming Recent guests have included James Salter, B.H. Fairchild, Chris Bachelder, Neela Vaswani and Evie Shockley. This year's series will feature readings by John D'Agata, Nicole Walker, Glen Pourciau, Gaby Calvocoressi and the MFA program's Eminent Writers In Residence Philip Gourevitch and Edward P. Jones.

For more details, visit the MFA Web site at or e-mail Beth Loffreda at

Thomas King (Eastern Washington University Photo)

Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2009

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