PULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public reading and book signing by Chinese-American poet and author Alex Kuo will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Goertzen Hall 21 at Washington State University. The Bookie will have several of his earlier works available for sale.
A professor emeritus of creative writing at WSU, Kuo is the recipient of three awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and has held a Fulbright and other professorships. His collection “Lipstick and Other Stories” won the American Book Award in 2002.
He was educated in the prestigious University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. While teaching at WSU, he trained some of the leading writers in the Pacific Northwest, including Sherman Alexie.
Kuo is considered a tireless excavator of the human psyche, in particular the Asian and Asian-American identity. He has lived on the East Coast, in the Midwest, in the Pacific Northwest and in East Asia.
The author of five poetry collections, two books of short stories, three novels and a volume of essays, he will read from his new novel, “shanghai. shanghai. shanghai,” and collection of poems, “Meeting Words at the Gate,” at WSU.
Co-sponsors of the event include the WSU Humanities Planning Group/College of Arts and Sciences, the departments of English, Foreign Languages and Cultures, and Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Student Center and the ASWSU Student Entertainment Board.
Debbie Brudie, WSU Humanities Planning Group, 509-335-0698, email@example.com