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Alumni reading next up in Frostic Reading Series

by Mark Schwerin

Nov. 18, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of author Elizabeth Knapp.
Elizabeth Knapp
KALAMAZOO--Three up-and-coming authors who graduated recently from Western Michigan University will be featured in the next installment of the fall Gwen Frostic Reading Series.

Elizabeth Knapp, Melinda Moustakis and Jason Skipper will read from their works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center. The reading is the last in the fall reading series and is free and open to the public.

Knapp is the author of "The Spite House," winner of the 2010 De Novo Prize for Poetry. She also is the recipient of the 2007 Discovered Voice Award from Iron Horse Literary Review and has published poems in Best New Poets of 2007, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Barrow Street and numerous other journals.

Knapp holds a master's degree in fine arts from the Bennington Writing Seminars and doctoral degree from WMU. She is currently assistant professor of English at Hood College in Frederick, Md., where she lives with her husband and son.

Photo of author Melinda Moustakis.
Melinda Moustakis
Moustakis, who was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in California, is the author of the award-winning "Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories," her first book. "Bear Down" won two 2010 Flannery O'Connor Awards for Short Fiction and the Maurice Prize in Fiction from the University of California at Davis. Earlier this fall, she was recognized as one of five young fiction writers of the year by the National Book Foundation.

Moustakis received her master's degree from U.C. Davis and her doctoral degree in English and creative writing from WMU. Her work has appeared in journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Conjunctions, The Massachusetts Review and American Short Fiction. She lives in Tacoma, Wash., and is a visiting professor in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University.

Photo of author Jason Skipper.
Jason Skipper
Skipper is the author of the novel "Hustle." He grew up in Texas and has worked as a bartender, snowboard instructor and freelance journalist. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Hotel Amerika and Mid-American Review, receiving awards and recognition from Zoetrope: All Story, Glimmer Train and Crab Orchard Review and grants from the Vermont Studio Center and Artist Trust. He teaches creative writing and literature at Pacific Lutheran University and lives in Tacoma, Wash.