A Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series Event
The 2008-2009 Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series continues next week featuring Gonzaga alumni Claire McQuerry and Joe Wilkins who will read their works beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga campus. The event is free and open to the public.
“Claire and Joe are two of our most distinguished recent graduates,” said Tod Marshall, associate professor of English and the organizer of the series. “They have both written remarkably fine poetry and prose, both during their time here at GU and since completing their degrees. I expect great poetry from both of them over the next few years.”
Claire McQuerry is a Washington native. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry writing from Arizona State University in 2008. Her poems have recently been published or are forthcoming in Western Humanities Review, Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, In Our Own Words, Superstition Review, Damselfly Press, West Wind Review, and Relief. Her essays have appeared in Oregon Quarterly and Creative Nonfiction, and one is under consideration for a Best American Essays anthology. A poetry translation is forthcoming in Double Change. Recent writing awards include finalist for the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing, finalist for Milton Kessler Memorial Prize, Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Award, finalist for Black Lawrence Press Chapbook Competition, Virginia G. Piper Post-MFA Fellowship and first place in the Northwest Perspective Essay Contest. She currently lives in Seattle.
Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains of Eastern Montana, out on a stretch of high prairie referred to as the Big Dry. Though he taught public school in the Mississippi Delta for a number of years, he now directs the creative writing program at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. His poems, stories, and essays appear in the Georgia Review, the Missouri Review, the Southern Review, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, Blackbird, Orion, and Slate, among other magazines and literary journals. His work has won the Obsidian Prize, the 2008 Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers, and has been published in Best New Poets 2006. His essay “Eight Fragments from My Grandfather’s Body” was recently named one of the 100 Notable Essays of 2008 by Robert Atwan, editor of the Best American Essays series.
For more information, contact Gonzaga associate English Professor Tod Marshall at (509) 313-6681 or via e-mail.