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DMACC’s Celebration of the Literary Arts

Posted on 21 March 2016 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa— Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) 14th annual Celebration of the Literary Arts will be held April 4-6 with classroom visits to all six DMACC campuses by area writers and literary instructors.

Authors Matt Bell and Robin Black will read from their works in the DMACC Boone Campus Auditorium from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Tues., April 5.

Bell is the author of the novels, Scrapper and In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Wood, which was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award.

He is also the author of How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby, a non-fiction book about the classic video game, Baldur’s Gate II.

His stories, poems and non-fiction have been published in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Fantasy, Conjunctions, Hobart, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, Ninth Letter and many other publications.
            Bell earned his Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He has taught writing at Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Fiction in Arizona State University’s creative writing program.

Black’s short story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and an O. Magazine Summer Reading Pick. Her debut novel, Life Drawing has been called a “magnificent literary achievement,” by Karen Russell.  Black’s stories and essays have been widely published including in The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Southern Review and One Story. Winner of the 2005 Pirates Alley Faulkner/Wisdom Prize for a Short Story, she was the 2012-13 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bryn Mawr College and has taught most recently in the Brooklyn College MFA Program.

She earned an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her forthcoming book titled CRASH COURSE: 52 Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide, will be out from Engine Books in April, 2016.

All Celebration of Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.

Author Matt Bell

Author Matt Bell

Author Robin Black

Author Robin Black


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