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Novelist to read from his work at PSU

April 05, 2011 12:00AM

Novelist Alexander Chee will read from his fiction at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Governor's Room of Pittsburg State University's Overman Student Center. The reading is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Chee was born in Rhode Island and raised in South Korea, Guam and Maine. He has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at the New School University, Wesleyan and Amherst College. This spring, he is teaching in the fiction program at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Chee lives in New York City and blogs at "Koreanish."

Chee has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2003 Whiting Writers Award, a 2004 NEA fellowship in fiction and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Ledig House, the Hermitage and Civitella Ranieri. His first book, "Edinburgh," won the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor's Choice Prize. It was selected by Publisher's Weekly as a best book of the year and was also a Booksense 76 selection.

In 2003, Out magazine honored Chee as one of their 100 most influential people of the year.

Chee's essays and stories have appeared in numerous online and print publications. His second novel, "The Queen of the Night," is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Karen Stolz, author and assistant professor at PSU, said her fiction students are eager to meet Chee.

"His writing seems risky and inventive," Stolz said.

Following Chee's reading, which is sponsored jointly by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series and the Student Fee Council, a reception will be held for the author in the Heritage Room.

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