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Friday, April 21 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EWU MFA Alumni Around the Globe

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In this panel, six authors from the U.S. who have lived abroad will engage in a cross-cultural dialogue about the importance of place and identity in their writing. The authors will share notes about the similarities and differences in their places and experiences and how these have been translated to the page, using specific examples from their own work. The panelists include Krista DeBehnke Attana (Costa Rica), Jim Hagengruber (India, Serbia, and others), Jessica Lakritz (Mexico), and Monet Thomas (China). The panel will be moderated by Jeff Fearnside (Kazakhstan) and Wendy Fox (Turkey).

This event is virtual and will premiere at the time scheduled above. YouTube link coming soon! *Note that the authors may be present during the live chat so come prepared to meet them virtually and ask them about their work!

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Jeff Fearnside

Jeff Fearnside is author of two full-length books and two chapbooks, most recently Ships in the Desert (SFWP, 2022) and A Husband and Wife Are One Satan (Orison Books, 2021), winner of the Orison Chapbook Prize. His work has appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies such... Read More →
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Wendy Fox

 Wendy J. Fox is the author of four books of fiction, including the novel If the Ice Had Held, a LitHub best pick in audio, and the recent short-story collection What If We Were Somewhere Else, which won the Colorado Book Award for literary fiction and earned a star for excellence... Read More →
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Jim Hagengruber

Jim Hagengruber earned his MFA in nonfiction in 2007 and is currently a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. While studying for his MFA, Jim was an environmental reporter for The Spokesman-Review and previously worked at newspapers in Montana and Wisconsin, as... Read More →
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Jessica Lakritz

Jessica Lakritz is an American writer and poet based in Mexico City. In 2010, she graduated from EWU with an MFA in Poetry and has been a professional freelance writer since 2013. Jessica has published two books of poetry and spent six years immersed in a multimedia poetry project... Read More →
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Monet Patrice Thomas

Monet Patrice Thomas is a writer living in Beijing, China. She holds an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. Her essays have been featured in Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger and Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us and her flash fiction has been... Read More →
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Krista DeBehnke Attana

Dr. Krista DeBehnke Attana is a poet, playwright, and educator from Wisconsin. She received a B.A. in English and Film Studies from UW-Milwaukee in 2012, an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University in 2014, and a Ph.D in English (Drama and Folklore) from the University of... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT