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UNCA's English Dept. to host spring Visiting Writers Series
Friday, 16 February 2024 21:20


From Staff Reports

UNC Asheville's annual Visiting Writers series will begin with a memorial in honor of a former UNCA professor of English, Katherine Min, and the release of her posthumous book, “The Fetishist,” on at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Blue Ridge Room in UNCA’s Highsmith Union.

(All readings in this series will be held in UNCA’s Highsmith Union, Blue Ridge Room. These events are free and open to the public.)

Regarding the Feb. 21 program, a UNCA press reease stated, "Please join the English department for an evening to honor our beloved colleague, Katherine Min, and celebrate her posthumously published novel, 'The Fetishist.' Min’s daughter, Kayla Min Andrews, assisted with editing the manuscript and will host the reading. Min Andrews teaches English to international students and is working on a novel about a mother-daughter relationship.

Mesha Maren, UNC Asheville alumna and former student of Min’s, is the author of the novels “Sugar Run” and “Perpetual West.” Her short stories and essays can be read in “Tin House,” “The Oxford American,” “The Guardian,” “Crazyhorse,” Triquarterly,” “The Southern Review,” and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of the practice of English at Duke University.

Meanwhile, at 7 p.m. March 20, Natalie Baszile will present her most recent works, one of which, “Queen Sugar,” was recently adapted for television.

As for the March 20 program, the UNCA release noted, "Natalie Baszile’s debut novel, 'Queen Sugar,' is a mother-daughter story of reinvention — about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. 'Queen Sugar' was adapted into a critically acclaimed television series directed by Ava Duvernay. Baszile’s most recent book, 'We Are Each Other’s Harvest,' is an exploration and celebration of black farming in America."

The series will conclude with Neema Avashia showcasing her memoir “Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place”  at 7 p.m. April 16.

Regarding the program, the UNCA release stated, "Neema Avashia’s memoir, 'Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place,' examines both the roots and the resonance of Avashia’s identity as a queer, Desi Appalachian woman. She was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the U.S. Her essays have appeared in the 'Bitter Southerner,' 'Catapult,' 'Kenyon Review Online,' and elsewhere."


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