NEC MFA Summer Reading Series

Jennifer Robertson on 07.16.19



Henniker, NH (July 15, 2019) - New England College (NEC) kicks off its week-long Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Summer Reading Series with events all around the state designed to connect people with literature and authors from a variety of backgrounds.  The week caps off with a reading from Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, Vijay Seshadri on campus at New England College in Henniker.  These events are free, open to the public and handicap accessible. Please click here for more information.   Here is a rundown of the events throughout this week:


Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 PM | NEC Chester Art Gallery
Tim Horvath & Christa Parravani

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories (Bellevue Literary Press), which won the New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Work of Fiction, and Circulation (sunnyoutside). His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, AGNI, HarvardReview, and many other journals, and his book reviews appear in Georgia Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and American Book Review. His novel-in-progress focuses on the lives of contemporary classical composers and musicians. In addition to teaching for NEC, he teaches Creative Writing in the Granada, Spain, program for the Cambridge Writers' Workshop.

Christa Parravani is the author of the Indie bestselling Her: A Memoir, which shares Parravani's journey through grief after the loss of her identical twin sister Cara. Her was named the Amazon Debut Spotlight Pick for March 2013, an Amazon best book of the month, and an NPR critics pick. Vanity Fair calls Her "astonishing." Her was an Indie Bound Next Pick, a 2013 Books for a Better Life nominee, and both an Oprah and People Magazine must-read memoir. Her was a Wall Street Journal, Salon, and Library Journal best book of the year. It was a Huffington Post best book of the last five years. Parravani has an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers Newark. She is an Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction at West Virginia University.


Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 PM | John Lyons Learning Commons
Paige Ackerson-Kiely & Jennifer Militello

Paige Ackerson‐Kiely is the author of three books of poetry, In No One's Land (Ahsahta 2007), My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer (Ahsahta 2012) and Dolefully, A Rampart Stands (forthcoming 2019, Penguin) and other works of poetry and prose. Poems have appeared in journals such as jubilat, Ninth Letter, Bellingham Review, Verse, and Copper Nickel. She's received grants and fellowships from such places as Poets & Writers, Boomerang, Vermont Arts Council, and others. Paige lives in rural Connecticut, and works as the Associate Director of the MFA in Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Jennifer Militello is the author of Knock Wood, winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize and forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2019, A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly, Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the best books of 2013 by Best American Poetry as well as the runner-up for the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and Flinch of Song (Tupelo Press, 2009), winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry, and TinHouse.


Saturday, July 20, 7:30 PM  | Simon Center Great Room
Vijay Seshadri, NEC MFA Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer-in-Residence

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and moved to America at the age of five. He is the author of the poetry books Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, The Disappearances, and 3 Sections, as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with many honors, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, in 2015, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was educated at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.


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