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CTYWC Faculty Readings: Hall & Iromuanya

Date: 7:00pm EDT July 7, 2016

During the first annual Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference, there will be two faculty readings that will be free and open to the public. The second of these features James Allen Hall & Julie Iromuanya.


James Allen Hall is the Director of the 2016 Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference. His first book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy, received awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  In 2011, he was awarded fellowships in poetry from both the NationalEndowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Recent poems and nonfiction have appeared in New England Review, American Poetry Review, Bloom, CutBank, Redivider, Arts and Letters, The Journal, and Best American Poetry 2012.  As an editor, James values poems and essays that risk emotion while thinking hard about the subject at hand, all while employing fresh language, surprising image, vivid lyricism, and organic structure. He is an Associate Professor of English at Washington College.


Julie Iromuanya is leading the Fiction Workshop during the 2016 Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference. She is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Debut Fiction Award. Her scholarly-critical work most recently appears in Converging Identities: Blackness in the Modern Diaspora (Carolina Academic Press). She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Bread Loaf Bakeless / Camargo France Fellow. Her work has also been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. Iromuanya earned her B.A. at the University of Central Florida and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Presidential Fellow and award-winning teacher. She is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona. http://julieiromuanya.com.


Made possible with support from The Maureen Jacoby Endowment for Editing & Publishing.