This Week is Lit

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at Arizona State University presents a virtual reading by two of its star graduates: fiction writer Caitlin Horrocks (MFA 2007) and poet W. Todd Kaneko (MFA 2006). 

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations, named one of the 10 best books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal, and the story collections Life Among the Terranauts (forthcoming January 2021). She was a fiction editor of The Kenyon Review, and taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College; she currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, W. Todd Kaneko, and their children. She teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Her novel The Vexations, follows Erik Satie, born with every possible advantage. But after his mother’s early death and his father’s breakdown, Satie and his younger siblings are scattered. Later, as an ambitious young composer, Satie flings himself into the Parisian art scene, aiming for greatness but achieving only notoriety. Horrocks's forthcoming publication, Life Among the Terranauts, is an anticipated collection of short stories "in her signature, genre-defying style, that explodes our notions of what a story can do and where it can take us."

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of This Is How the Bone Sings (Black Lawrence Press, 2020) and co-author of Slash / Slash (Diode Editions, 2021). Kaneko is a recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and is the former co-editor of Waxwing. He also teaches at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Of his latest collection, Karen An-hwei Lee states: "This Is How the Bone Sings carries the pulse of ancient lament through the boneyards of war and unspeakable trauma. This lyric collection of profound beauty and grief reminds us to share our tales of generational trauma and topography—shaping our individual and collective memories—in place of forgotten histories."

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