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Michael Parker on deck in MFA Writers Series

Michael Parker will read from his most recent novel, “The Watery Part of the World,” as well as from his forthcoming novel “Five Thousand Dollar Car,” due out from Algonquin Books in 2013. The reading, a highlight of the Fall 2012 MFA Writers Series, will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center.

Another highlight this semester will be a “Tribute to Robert Watson” event during Homecoming Saturday afternoon.

Former colleagues and students – including professor emeritus Fred Chappell and Kelly Cherry and Angela Davis-Gardner – will pay tribute to Robert Watson, one of the founders of UNCG’s MFA Writing Program. The tribute will include reminiscences as well as readings from Watson’s “Collected Poems,” released last fall, says Terry Kennedy, associate director of the program.

The tribute to Watson will be followed immediately by a UNCG alumni authors book signing, which will include a toast from the current group of MFA creative writing students to the alumni.

Both events will take place in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

The complete series, which began earlier this month with a reading by Craig Nova, includes these events:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4, Michael Parker, 7 p.m., Faculty Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, Bruce Snider (poetry reading), 7 p.m., Faculty Center
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, Alumni homecoming reading (multiple readers), 7 p.m., Faculty Center
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, Tribute to Robert Watson, 2 p.m., Alumni House
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, Alumni authors book signing & toast, 4 p.m., Alumni House
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, Karen Russell (fiction reading), 8 p.m., Maple Room, EUC
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, Will Read for Food, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Get a preview of the Michael Parker reading: Enjoy a brief clip of Parker reading the first pages of “The Watery Part of the World” for UNCG Magazine.

Photograph by Chris English, of Michael Parker at a 2011 book signing.