Nov 6, 2007    #145
Contact: Angela Turner

UMKC Writers Series features new faculty members

Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City launches its fall 2007 UMKC at the Writers Place series with readings by the Department of English’s newest faculty members, award-winning writers Hadara Bar-Nadav and Christie Hodgen. Both Bar-Nadav and Hodgen joined the department this fall as Assistant Professors of English. The reading will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania.

Hadara Bar-Nadav’s poetry collection A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight was chosen by Kim Addonizio as the winner of the 2005 MARGIE Book Prize and is described by poet Hilda Raz as “brave, fierce and brilliant.” Her poetry and fiction have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Chelsea, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Verse and elsewhere. Born in New York, she taught at St. John’s University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before joining the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s English Department.

Christie Hodgen’s short story collection, A Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw, won the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction in 2001 and was also a finalist for the 2003 PEN/Hemingway Award. Her novel, Hello, I Must Be Going, was a 2006 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Christened a “bright new voice in the culture” (Frederick Barthelme), she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prize and Faulkner Society Award for Novella. Her stories have appeared in over a dozen journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, New Stories from the South and Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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