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Alumna, author Kellie Wells returns to campus for reading

Nov. 8, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University alumna Kellie Wells, whose debut collection, "Compression Scars," won the 2001 Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction, will give a reading Thursday, Nov. 14, beginning at 9 p.m. in 3021 Brown Hall.

Wells apearance is part of the Fall 2002 Reading Series, sponsored by the creative writing program in the Department of English. All presentations in the series are free and open to the public.

The stories in "Compression Scars" cover a wide range of eccentric characters, from a young girl experiencing her friend's strange demise, to a set of opposite-sex conjoined twins.

Wells' fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner and other journals. She earned a doctorate in English from WMU in 1999 and teaches in the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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