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Creative Writing Reading Series Presents Deesha Philyaw and Paul Tran

Feb 28
5:30pm - 6:30pm
On Campus Event - English House, Lecture Hall
Deesha Philyaw and Paul Tran
Deesha Philyaw and Paul Tran

Note: The event time has been changed from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Creative Writing department's Reading Series welcomes visiting authors Deesha Philyaw and Paul Tran to campus for a reading and Q&A followed by a book signing.

The Authors

Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a Baldwin for the Arts Fellow. Her debut novel, The True Confessions of First Lady Freeman, is forthcoming from Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2025.

Paul Tran

Paul Tran

Paul Tran is the author of the debut poetry collection, All the Flowers Kneeling, (Penguin Poetry, 2022). A recipient of the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, their work appears in The New YorkerThe NationBest American Poetry, and elsewhere. Paul earned their BA in history from Brown University and MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where they won the Howard Nemerov Prize, Dorothy Negri Prize, and Norma Lowry Memorial Award. Paul is currently Poetry Editor at The Offing magazine and an assistant professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Audience: Public
Type(s): Lecture, Reception
Sanam Sheriff

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