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Writers Read Author Series 2022-23

Writers Read, sponsored by the Language and Literature Program, is a special event featuring authors who read from and comment on their work. Dates, times, costs and locations are indicated below (map of EMU campus).

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Saturday, Oct. 8

Homecoming and Family Weekend Event

MARSHALL V. KING, author of Disarmed, The Radical Life and Legacy of Michael "MJ" Sharp

7 p.m. in Common Grounds (Now on 2nd floor of University Commons) 

MARSHALL V. KING is a writer and journalist based in Goshen, Indiana. For more than twenty years he worked at the Elkhart Truth as a reporter and eventually managing editor. He has written for a number of other publications and has often focused on food, writing a popular column called Dining A La King for more than 20 years. He is head storyteller for the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and an adjunct professor of communication at Goshen College. He is the author of Disarmed, The Radical Life and Legacy of Michael “MJ” Sharp. He is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He and his spouse are members of Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen.

Thursday, Nov. 10

MEH imageMATTHEW E. HENRY, author of the Colored page

7 p.m. in Common Grounds (Now on 2nd floor of University Commons) 

MATTHEW E. HENRY (MEH) is the author of the Colored page (Sundress Publications, 2022), Teaching While Black (Main Street Rag, 2020), Dust & Ashes (Californios Press, 2020), and has a forthcoming collection of theological sonnets from New York Quarterly Books. He is the editor-in-chief of The Weight Journal—publishing emerging high school voices—with his own poetry and prose appearing or forthcoming in Barren Magazine, Fare Forward, The Florida Review, Massachusetts Review, New York Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Poetry East, Relief Journal, Saint Katherine Review, Shenandoah, Solstice, Spiritus, The Windhover, and Zone 3 among others. MEH’s an educator who received his MFA (Seattle Pacific) yet continued to spend money he didn’t have completing an MA in theology (Andover Newton Theological) and a PhD in education (Lesley University). You can find him at writing about education, race, religion, and burning oppressive systems to the ground.

Tuesday, Mar. 14

S. Samatar imageSOFIA SAMATAR, author of The White Mosque

7 p.m. in Common Grounds (Now on 2nd floor of University Commons) 

Sofia Samatar is the author of five books, most recently the memoir The White Mosque, which tells the story of her trip to Uzbekistan to research a group of Mennonites who followed a charismatic preacher to Central Asia in the nineteenth century. Her works include the award-winning epic fantasy A Stranger in Olondria and Monster Portraits, an exploration of monsters in collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. The recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, Sofia lives in Harrisonburg and teaches African literature, Arabic literature, and speculative fiction at James Madison University. She will be reading from my new book, The White Mosque. Details about the book are included here.

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