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Acclaimed Essayist, Author to Read Works at Susquehanna University

Published on November 5, 2012

Claire Vaye Watkinswill read an excerpt from her collection of short stories “Battleborn” on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium, in Susquehanna University’s Seibert Hall.Claire Vaye Watkins The reading is free and open to the public.

Watkins’ stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Paris Review, One Story, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and Best of the West 2011. The “Battleborn” collection was published by Riverhead Books in 2012. Watkins has received fellowships from numerous well-known writers’ conferences, including Sewanee in Tennessee and Bread Loaf in Vermont.

Professor of English and Director of the Writers Institute Gary Fincke is using “Battleborn” as a part of his advanced fiction course this semester. Of the collection, Fincke said, “The stories are so varied and powerful that every student in the class has a favorite that has made an impact, whether for its language, its characters or the bleak, isolated settings of rural Nevada, a location very seldom used in American fiction.”

An assistant professor at Bucknell University, Watkins co-directs the Mojave School, a nonprofit creative writing workshop for teenage students in Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University, where she had a Presidential Fellowship.

The Visiting Writers Seriesis sponsored by The Writers Institute at Susquehanna, home to the university’s nationally recognized writing program. Visiting writers not only offer free readings to the public, but also devote time to lunches, classroom discussion and informal question-and-answer sessions with Susquehanna’s creative writing students, providing a uniquely intimate opportunity for learning and connecting with successful authors.


Karen M. Jones

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