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CTYWC Faculty Readings: Harrison & Iromuanya

Date: 7:00pm EDT July 12, 2017

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


Leslie Harrison is leading the Poetry Workshop during the 2017 Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference. She is the author of The Book of Endings (U of Akron, 2017) and Displacement (Mariner Books, 2009). The Book of Endings was the 2016 Editor’s Choice for Akron, and Displacement won the Bakeless Prize in Poetry. Harrison is a recent NEA fellow in poetry, and is a former Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist awardee. She is a former Philip Roth Resident in poetry at Bucknell University. She has also held a scholarship and fellowship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a fellowship at The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Recent poems have appeared in numerous journals including The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Cherry Tree, and elsewhere. She is working on a third book of poems and a memoir, and she lives and teaches in Baltimore. 


Julie Iromuanya is leading the Fiction Workshop during the 2017 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 Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. 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, a Bread Loaf Bakeless / Camargo France Fellow, a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, and a Jan Michalski Fellow at “The Treehouses.” Her work has also been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Ragdale Foundation. 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


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