Wyoming Arts Council

On stage tonight: WAC fellowship winners

Come on out to tonight’s free reading by the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2008 creative writing fellowship winners. The event starts at 7:30 in the Aley Fine Arts Center’s Durham Hall at Casper College. Refreshments provided. Book signing to follow.

The WAC’s lit guy, Mike Shay, will serve as emcee. He will introduce the competition judge, Nick Flynn, and fellowship recipients John Sutton and John D. Nesbitt.

John Sutton teaches English and works at the Learning Center at Sheridan College in Sheridan. He grew up in Indiana and lived in California and New York before moving to Wyoming. His winning manuscript is “Writing Floyd,” an excerpt from the book about his family history entitled Becoming White: A Family’s Journey from Slavery to Ku Klux Klan.

John D. Nesbitt is the author of numerous novels and short stories set in the American West. His most recent publications include a western novel, Raven Springs, and “Blue Horse Mesa,” a short story featured in the anthology Lost Trails. He lives in Torrington and teaches English and Spanish at Eastern Wyoming College. He received a 1988 WAC creative writing fellowship. His winning submission includes two chapters from a memoir, “Boy from the Country” and “Dunville.”

Chavawn Kelley of Laramie, this year’s third fellowship recipient, will be unable to make the reading as she’s in Spain working on a new book.

Nick Flynn is a poet and the author of the award-winning memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. He grew up in Boston and now divides his time between New York City and Houston, where he teaches creative writing each spring at the University of Houston.

This event is part of the Casper College Literary Conference.

FMI: http://www.caspercollege.edu/events/literary/.

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