February 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Visiting Fiction Writer Melinda Moustakis, Feb. 13

The Creative Writing Program in conjunction with the Athens Book Center presents a reading by Melinda Moustakis at the Athens Book Center in uptown Athens on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. A book signing and reception follow the reading.

Melinda Moustakis

Melinda Moustakis

Moustakis was born in Fairbanks, AK, and raised in California. She earned an M.A. from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University.

Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories, her first book published by University of Georgia Press in 2011, won the Flannery O’ Connor Award and the Maurice Prize and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. The book was also a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Granta, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Conjunctions, Cimarron Review, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. Her story “They Find the Drowned” won a 2013 PEN/ O. Henry Prize. She was a Hodder Fellow at The Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University and received a 2014 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship.  She is a 2014-2016 Kenyon Review Fellow in Fiction at Kenyon College. A French translation of Bear Down was published by Gallmeister Press.

Read an interview with Moustakis.

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