Oct. 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Department of English/Communications announces that Steven Dunn will be in residence at the College on Oct. 22 and 23 as this fall’s visiting creative writer. During his residency on campus, Dunn will visit writing classes, meet with students, and present a public reading of his work at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in MCLA Gallery 51.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will include a question and answer session.

Dunn is the author of the novels “Potted Meat” (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016) and “water & power,” (Tarpaulin Sky, 2018). Born and raised in West Virginia, Dunn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Denver in Colorado, after serving 10 years in the Navy.

Set in a decaying town in southern West Virginia, “Potted Meat” follows a young boy into adolescence as he struggles with abusive parents, poverty, alcohol addiction, and racial tensions. In this first novel, Dunn explores the fear, power, and vulnerability of storytelling, and in doing so, investigates the peculiar tensions of the body: How we seek to escape or remain embodied during repeated trauma.

For “Potted Meat,” Dunn was named a Small Press Distribution Bestseller, is a co-winner of the Tarpulin Sky Book Prize, on the shortlist of the Granta Best of Young American Novelists, and a finalist in the Colorado Book Award.

Dunn’s second novel, “water & power,” delves into military culture.

According to award-winning writer and educator Khadijah Queen, “Dunn unrelentingly captures the difficult, funny, abject, exhilarating, heartbreaking and maddening aspects of Navy life, both on and off duty. Read this book and understand the veterans in your life better, understand the aggressive disconnection the armed forces demands, and retain a much clearer picture of the people who wear the uniform in America’s name – as who we are, complex and bold and conflicted and powerful and terrified and tough and human.”

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

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