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Oct. 1, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will host three distinguished writers-in-residence from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16.

As part of the visit, Millicent Graham of Jamaica, Alice Pung of Australia, and Fedosy Santaella of Venezuela will hold a guest reading and question and answer session at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The guests writers will also spend both days speaking to students in numerous classes. Their visit is sponsored by Viterbo’s Office of Global Education and School of Letters and Sciences, in collaboration with the departments of English, world languages, and theatre.

Author bios:

Poet Millicent Graham is a recipient of two Calabash International Literary Festival Scholarships and the winner of the 2004 Jamaica Observers Annual Literary Award for Poetry. Her work has been published in The Caribbean Writer Volume 17; Bearing Witness, and Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters. Her first collection of poems, The Damp in Things, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2009. 

Alice Pung, fiction writer, playwright, and nonfiction writer, was born in Melbourne to Cambodian parents. She has published the memoir Unpolished Gem, which won the Australian Book Industry Association award for Newcomer of the Year and was short-listed for numerous other awards, and the short story collection Growing Up Asian in Australia. Her work was also included in Best Australian Short Stories 2007. A lawyer by trade, she contributes regularly to The Age.

Fiction writer Fedosy Santaella has published a novel, four short story collections and three collections of children’s stories. New novels, The Unpublished Eventful Journeys of Teofilus Jones and Miguel Luna Against the Aliens are forthcoming. His short story collection Postales sub sole won the 2006 Pocaterra Latin American Literature Biennial’s Novel Prize, and the story collection Moon Rocks was recognized in the 2007 José Antonio Ramos Sucre Literary Biennial. He has written for HBO and Cinemax, and contributes to magazines and newspapers in Venezuela; he is the creative writing workshop coordinator at UNIMET in Caracas.

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