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Michael Nye & Maya Jewell Zeller
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 2pm
Gallery of Art & Design

Michael Nye is the author of the short story collection Strategies Against Extinction (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012). His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, New South, Red Cedar Review, Sou’wester, and South Dakota Review, among many others. His work has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction. He serves as managing editor of The Missouri Review.

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the poetry collection Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011). Her poetry has won awards from Sycamore Review, New South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood, Florida Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Other poems appear in journals such as Bellingham Review, West Branch, Cincinnati Review, and Rattle. Zeller lives in Spokane with her husband, daughter, and young son, and teaches English at Gonzaga University.

Marker Marcus Wicker
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 2pm
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Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial, 2012), selected by D. A. Powell for the National Poetry Series. The recipient of a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, he has also held fellowships from Cave Canem, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Indiana University. Wicker is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and Poetry Editor of Southern Indiana Review.

Author Photo Jonathan Gottschall
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013
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Jonathan Gottschall writes books at the intersection of science and art. His work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American Mind, New Scientist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, Science, BBC Radio and NPR. His book of essays, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (Mariner, 2013), was a New York Times Editor’s Choice Selection and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It is also this year's "common reader" for the University of Central Missouri composition program. Gottschall's blog, The Storytelling Animal, is featured at Psychology Today. Gottschall lives with his wife and two young daughters in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Author Photo Corey Marks
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 2pm
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Corey Marks is the author of two poetry collections: The Radio Tree (New Issues, 2012), which won the Green Rose Prize, and Renunciation (U of Illinois, 2000), which won the National Poetry Series. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the Natalie Ornish Prize, and the Bernard F. Connors Prize, Marks lives in Denton, Texas, and teaches at the University of North Texas, where he edits American Literary Review.

Author Photo Sydney Lea
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2pm
Gallery of ARt & Design

Sydney Lea is the author of ten poetry collections, most recently I Was Thinking of Beauty (Four Way, 2013) and Young of the Year (Four Way, 2011), as well as numerous books of prose—most recently North Country Life (Skyhorse, 2013) and Growing Old in Poetry (Autumn House, 2013). The recipient of numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and the Poets' Prize, Lea is Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth and the Poet Laureate of Vermont. In 1977 he founded the still highly influential literary magazine New England Review, which he edited until 1989.

Author Photo Abigail Cloud
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2pm
Gallery of Art & Design

Abigail Cloud is the author of the poetry collection Sylph (Pleiades/LSU Press, 2014), which won the 2013 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as Black Warrior Review, The Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, The Gettysburg Review, and Quarterly West. She is on the faculty at Bowling Green State University, where she is Editor-in-Chief of Mid-American Review.

Author Photo 10th Annual David Baker Writing Awards—& David Baker
Friday, April 25, 2014, 3pm
JCK Library Performance Corner

Each year, the English Department at the University of Central Missouri holds the David Baker Writing Awards in fiction and poetry. The winners read their work to students, faculty, and members of the community at this celebratory reading.

This year the students will be joined by David Baker, alumnus of the University of Central Missouri. Baker is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Never-Ending Birds (W. W. Norton, 2009), Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (Arc, 2007), Midwest Eclogue (W. W. Norton, 2007), and Changeable Thunder (U. of Arkansas, 2001). He has also edited or written three critical books: Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (Graywolf, 2007), Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (U of Arkansas, 2000), and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, among many other awards, Baker teaches at Denison University.