MURRAY, Ky. — The Department of English and Philosophy at Murray State University will begin the spring 2019 Reading Series on Wednesday, January 30, with a reading from fiction writer Lan Samantha Chang.

Chang will read and discuss her fiction January 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Waterfield Library Gallery on Murray State’s campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

“Samantha Chang’s work is engaging, perceptive, and heartbreaking,” said Jim Mattson, assistant professor of English at Murray State. “In her novel ALL IS FORGOTTEN, NOTHING IS LOST, she  deftly explores the central dilemmas of artistic pursuit: What is art? Who can claim the title of artist? Can art be taught? At what expense do artists embrace fame? As director of the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of three prize-winning books, she is uniquely poised to discuss these matters. Anyone interested in creative endeavors will appreciate her insights.”

Chang is the author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance, and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. She has received creative writing fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the May Brodbeck Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, where she also directs the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  

The Murray State Reading Series will continue in February, with a visit by Pulitzer Prize finalist and environmental writer, David George Haskell, on Thursday, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Waterfield Library Gallery. The series will end with a Murray State faculty reading by poet Carrie Jerrell and novelist James Han Mattson on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery, located in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building on the Murray State campus.

Contact Jerrell at 270-809-4723 or cjerrell1@murraystate.edu for more information about any of the events in the spring 2019 Reading Series.

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