Writers Here & Now: Alumni Reading, Tyler Mills (poetry), Elissa Washuta (nonfiction), John Van Kirk (fiction)

December 3, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Ulrich Hall

12.03.14: Writers Here & Now: Alumni

Tyler Mills
Tyler Mills’s book, Tongue Lyre, was the winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The Believer, Blackbird, Boston Review, and Poetry (forthcoming). Her criticism has appeared in Jacket2, the Robert Frost Review, the Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. A PhD candidate in Poetry at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Mills is editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought.

John Van Kirk
Born and raised in New Jersey, John Van Kirk attended Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis and served as a navy helicopter pilot before attending Maryland’s MFA Program. He currently teaches writing and literature at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Van Kirk’s short stories have earned him the O. Henry Award and the Iowa Review Fiction Prize and have been published in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies. Song For Chance, published by Red Hen Press in 2013, is his first novel.

Elissa Washuta
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules, a memoir published by Red Hen Press (2014). Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weeklings, Filter Literary Journal, and Third Coast. She recently received a Potlatch Fund Native Arts Grant, an Artist Trust GAP Award, and a 4Culture Grant. In 2012, she was named an inaugural fellow in the Made at Hugo House program. She serves as adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and nonfiction faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

For more information contact: Lindsay Bernal (lbernal@umd.edu)