New Publications in Creative Writing

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Vu Tran, Rachel DeWoskin, Rachel Galvin, Will Boast, Augustus Rose

From fiction to poetry, from the ghettos of Shanghai during World War II to the homeless underground in contemporary Philadelphia, from Marcel Duchamp conspiracies to rare medical conditions to poems about war reporting and natural disasters: Creative Writing faculty Rachel DeWoskin, Rachel Galvin, Will Boast, and Augustus Rose will read from and discuss their fascinating new books.  Moderated by novelist Vu Tran, the panel will also consider the balance between teaching and pursuing creative work and how these two aspects of a writer's career complement and complicate each other.

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Vu Tran is a writer whose first novel, Dragonfish (2015), was a New York Times Notable Book. His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, A Best of Fence, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and other publications. Tran is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Committee on Creative Writing.

Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of the novels Blind (2014), Big Girl Small (2011), Repeat After Me (2009), and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing (Norton 2005), which is being developed into a television series at BBC America. Her novel Second Circus, set in 1940’s Shanghai, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018. DeWoskin’s essays, articles, and poems have been published widely, in journals including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Ploughshares. DeWoskin is Lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing.

Rachel Galvin is a specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry of the Americas, as well as a poet and literary translator. Her first monograph, News of War: Civilian Poetry, 1936–1945, will be published in September 2017. Her poems, translations, and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, Poetry, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Galvin is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.

Will Boast is the author of a short story collection, Power Ballads (2011), and a best-selling memoir, Epilogue (2014), in addition to his writings in The New Republic, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. His debut novel, Daphne, will be published in 2018. Boast is Lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing.

Augustus Rose is a novelist and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Readymade Thief, was published in August 2017. His screenplay, Far From Cool, was a finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships. Rose is Lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing.


Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637