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UW MFA Creative Writing Program Sponsors Authors for Writer/Publisher Symposium

November 4, 2010

Six published authors will discuss their experiences with University of Wyoming students next week and share from their works at a public reading.

The MFA program in Creative Writing program hosts Kazim Ali, Eula Biss, Julia Cohen, Anna Moschovakis, Mathias Svalina and Lynne Tillman for a writer/publisher symposium. Designed to acquaint students with the world of small-press publishing, the authors will not only share their own writing, but also will speak about their experiences in publishing. The event is part of the MFA Creative Writing Program Visiting Writers Series.

The visiting authors will read from their works at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at Second Story Books, 105 E. Ivinson St. The event is free and open to the public; a book signing follows.

Ali is the author of two poetry books, and the novels "Quinn's Passage" (blazeVox books), "The Disappearance of Seth" (Etruscan Press), "Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities" (Wesleyan University Press), and "Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art, and the Architecture of Silence" (University of Michigan Press). He is a founding editor of Nightboat Books.

Biss has written "The Balloonists" and "Notes from No Man's Land." She is co-editor of Essay Press, a small publishing firm dedicated to innovative nonfiction. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Believer, Gulf Coast, and Harper's.

Cohen's first full length book, "Triggermoon Triggermoon," is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. She is the author of nine chapbooks, most recently "For the H in Ghost," published by Brave Men Press. Cohen is the associate editor of Denver Quarterly and poetry editor of the journal, Saltgrass.

Moschovakis is the author of the books of poems, "I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone" (Turtle Point Press) and several chapbooks. Her second full-length book of poems, "You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake," is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. She is longtime editor at the Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse.

Svalina has written a collection of poems, "Destruction Myth" (Cleveland State University Press), a novella, "I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur" (Mud Luscious Press), and several chapbooks. He co-edits the online poetry journal Octopus Magazine and the small press Octopus Books.

Tillman is a novelist, short story writer and critic. Her novels include, "American Genius: A Comedy, Haunted Houses" and "No Lease On Life." Tillman has published nonfiction as well, including "The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-67," based on photographs by Stephen Shore. Her most collection of fiction, "This Is Not It," was written in response to the work of 22 contemporary artists. Tillman is the fiction editor at Fence magazine.

For more information about the writer/publisher symposium, e-mail Andy Fitch at To learn more about the MFA Creative Writing program, visit the MFA Web site at

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