10 Jan

WVU grads to give reading of literary works

Daniel | January 10th, 2012

A graduate of WVU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, Katie Fallon, and West Virginia native, Ida Stewart, who earned her undergraduate degree at WVU, will give readings of their literary works January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in 130 Colson Hall. The dual reading is free and open to the public.

Nonfiction writer Katie Fallon and poet Ida Stewart both published their first books in 2011.

“They are both outstanding young writers, and they’re writing in original ways about the natural world and human engagement with it,” said Mark Brazaitis, an associate professor of English and the director of WVU’s Creative Writing Program. “They are rising stars, and we’re delighted to host their reading.”

Fallon is the author of the nonfiction book, “Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird,” (Ruka Press, 2011). Her essays have appeared in “The Bark,” “Fourth Genre,” “River Teeth,” “Ecotone,” “Appalachian Heritage,” “Now & Then,” “Isotope,” and elsewhere. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of “Fourth River” for her essay “Lost,” and her essay “Hill of the Sacred Eagles” was a finalist in “Terrain’s” 2011 essay contest. She was the “Tusculum Review’s” featured artist in November of 2011. Currently, Katie teaches creative writing at West Virginia University; from 2004-2009 she taught at Virginia Tech.

Stewart’s debut book, “Gloss,” won the 2011 Perugia Press Prize.

“In ‘Gloss,’” said poet Kathy Fagan, “Ida Stewart makes magic out of a mountain, out of a childhood lived in West Virginia.”

Stewart’s poems have appeared in a number of journals, including “Field,” “The Laurel Review,” “Linebreak,” and “Mayday Magazine,” and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Georgia. She’s a co-editor of “Unsplendid” and has also served as an editorial assistant at “The Georgia Review.” A native of West Virginia and a graduate of WVU, she currently lives in Athens, Ga.

For more information, contact Brazaitis at (304) 293–5380 or Mark.Brazaitis@mail.wvu.edu.