MURRAY, Ky. — The Department of English and Philosophy at Murray State University will begin the 2018–19 Reading Series on Thursday, Sept. 27, with a reading from alumnus Brad Aaron Modlin.

Modlin will read from his fiction and poetry Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery located in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building on Murray State’s campus. He will also discuss his work and writing life in conversation with the English department’s creative writing faculty earlier that afternoon at 4 p.m. in Faculty Hall 105. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

“Brad’s work is funny, witty and approachable with characters who are doing their best to make sense of our off-kilter world,” said Dr. Carrie Jerrell, associate professor and MFA program director. “He’s a triple-threat writer — having published fiction, poetry and nonfiction — and a wonderful example to Murray State students and emerging writers of someone whose hard work and undergraduate education contributed greatly to a successful writing career.”

Modlin is a 2005 graduate of Murray State. His collection of poetry, “Everyone at This Party Has Two Names,” won the Cowles Poetry Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, while his collection of short stories, “Surviving in Drought,” won Cupboard Press’s annual contest. His nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Fourth Genre, DIAGRAM and other publications. He earned his MFA from Bowling Green State University and his PhD from Ohio University. He currently serves as the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Contact Jerrell at 270-809-4723 or cjerrell1@murraystate.edu for more information about these events or the 2018–19 Reading Series.

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