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Eugene Cross to speak at Behrend

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Author: Kelcey Atsman (web writer)

On Thursday, November 8, previous Penn State Behrend creative writing professor Eugene Cross will speak in Behrend’s Creative Writer Speaker Series. The event will be held at the Smith Chapel at 6 p.m. with a preceding reception at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level of the chapel. Cross’ reading will last about an hour with half an hour devoted to questions.

A native to the city of Erie, Cross received his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  His most recent work, Fires of Our Choosing, has been praised by well-known authors as Dan Chaon (Await Your Reply) and well-respected organizations such as Huffington Post and Fiction Writers Review.

Cross’ stories have appeared in publications such as Narrative Magazine, which recently named him one of the “20 Best New Writers.” His work has also appeared in American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly, TriQuarterly, and Callaloo. He won the 2009 Dzanc Price for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service and received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival.

Currently, Cross lives in Chicago where he teaches as part of the fiction department at Columbia College Chicago.