MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Department of English and Philosophy will host its final Reading Series event of the semester on April 11 at 4:30 p.m. with a reading from creative writing faculty members Carrie Jerrell and James Han Mattson. The reading will be held in the Waterfield Library Gallery on the Murray State campus and will be free and open to the public.

Jerrell is the author of the poetry collection “After the Revival,” which won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and was published in the United States and Great Britain by Waywiser Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, the Anthology of New Southern Poets, Image, Birmingham Poetry Review and Subtropics, among other publications.

Jerrell received her Master of Arts from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University, where she was honored as a Chancellor’s Fellow. She has received fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the National Park Service. She is an associate professor at Murray State University.

James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in North Dakota. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, George Washington University and the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked as a staff writer and editor for the Pagoda Foreign Language Institute, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and Logogog in South Africa. In 2009, he traveled to Korea and reunited with his birth family after 30 years of separation. His first novel, “The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves,” was an Amazon Literature and Fiction Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Publishers Lunch Bookseller Pick, a Kindle First Pick and a New York Post Required Reading, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Murray State University.

Contact Carrie Jerrell at 270-809-4723 or cjerrell1@murraystate.edu for more information about this event.


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