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January 2017

David Ulin

January 25 @ 7:00 pm
UT Ransom Center, Prothro Theatre, 21st and Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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David Ulin is the author or editor of nine books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, a meditation on urban walking and the city as idea and environment.  His other work includes the novella Labyrinth, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award.  A 2015 Guggenheim fellow, he is former book critic for the Los Angeles Times. …

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Roger Reeves

January 30 @ 7:00 pm
Avaya Auditorium – Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building, Corner of 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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2010 alum of the Michener Center's MFA program and 2012 Ph.D. graduate of the UT English Department, poet Roger Reeves is the author of KING ME, published by Copper Canyon Press and a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second collection, On Paradise, is forthcoming from Norton. Recipient of a Whiting Award and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Cave Canem, the NEA, and the Poetry Foundation, his poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Best…

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February 2017

Mary Miller

February 1 @ 7:00 pm
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703 United States
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2013 MCW alum Mary Miller reads at Austin's BookPeople on the publication of her new story collection, Always Happy Hour.  Mary's previous books include the stories Big World and the novel The Last Days of California.  A former John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, she lives in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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Margot Livesey

February 16 @ 7:30 pm
Avaya Auditorium – Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building, Corner of 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Award winning author Livesey has written eight novels, including Homework, Eva Moves the Furniture, The House on Fortune Street and her newest, out Sept 2016, Mercury.  An esteemed teacher of creative writing at some of the country's top programs, she is currently teaching at the Iowa Writers Workshop.  She will be in residence at the Michener Center for a week to work with fiction students.

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March 2017

Colm Toibin

March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Avaya Auditorium – Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building, Corner of 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Colm Toibin

Irish novelist Colm Toibin returns to give a reading of new work.  Toibin is the author of the novels The Master, Blackwater Lightship, and The Testament of Mary, all short listed for the distinguished Mann Booker Prize.  Other novels include Brooklyn (also an award-winning film), and most recently Nora Webster.   He currently teaches at Columbia and is chair of PEN World Voices in NYC.

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Miriam Bird Greenberg & Donika Kelly

March 25 @ 7:00 pm
Malvern Books, 613 W 29th St
Austin, TX 78705 United States
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2008 alums will read from their acclaimed debut poetry collections.  Miriam Bird Greenberg‘s In the Volcano’s Mouth (University of Pittsburgh 2016) won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was written with the support of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Poetry Foundation. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she teaches creative writing and ESL in the San Francisco Bay Area, though she has also crossed the continent aboard freight trains, as a…

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Deb Olin Unferth

March 29 @ 7:00 pm
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703 United States
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New Writers Project fiction faculty member Deb Olin Unferth appears at Austin's BookPeople on the publication of her new story collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance.  She will read and be in conversation with fellow faculty member Elizabeth McCracken.  She is also the author of Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography.

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April 2017

Sherry Kramer

April 20 @ 7:30 pm
Avaya Auditorium – Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building, Corner of 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Playwright Kramer has been a frequent visiting professor at the Michener Center and the UT Department of Theatre and Dance since the mid-1990s.   Her full-length plays include About Spontaneous Combustion, What a Man Weighs, The Wall of Water, David’s Red-Haired Death, When Something Wonderful Ends, and How Water Behaves.  She teaches at Bennington College in Vermont.

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Brian Van Reet

April 25 @ 7:00 pm

2012 alum Brian Van Reet reads and speaks with another alum, author Philipp Meyer, at Austin's Bookpeople on the publication of his debut novel, SPOILS.  Described as The Kite Runner meets The Things They Carried, this explosive debut maps the blurred lines between good and bad, soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished.  Van Reet left the University of Virginia after the 9/11 attacks and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He served in Iraq under stop-loss orders…

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May 2017

2017 MFA Graduation Reading

May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Avaya Auditorium – Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building, Corner of 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Spring 2017 graduates of the Michener Center's interdisciplinary MFA program read from their work:  Jacob Albert, Darri Farr, William Glick, Tyler Gobble, Fatima Kola, Becca Liu, Nick Miller, Skyler Osborne, K.C. Sinclair, Jesse Sunenblick, and Megan Tabaque.

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