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McNeese MFA program hosts lecture

McNeese MFA program hosts lecture

Writer and professor, Thomas Fox AverillThomas Fox Averill, writer-in-residence and professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka, Kan., will read from his works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St., in Lake Charles. This free event is sponsored by McNeese State University's Master of Fine Arts creative writing program.

His publications include two novels: "Secrets of the Tsil Café" and "The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson" and a collection of short stories, "Ordinary Genius," published by the University of Nebraska Press. He is a recipient of the Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship in Fiction.

An O. Henry Award winner, his previous story collections are "Passes at the Moon" and "Seeing Mona Naked." He is editor of "What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth Century Writers on the Sunflower State" by the University Press of Kansas and the author of numerous articles, poems and short stories published in New Letters, Cimarron Review, Chariton Review, North American Review and Doubletake.

He helped to found and was the first director of the Washburn Center for Kansas Studies. He also established the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library, which consists of novels, plays, collections of poetry and fiction, histories, biographies, memoirs, letters, scholarly articles, collected folklore, manuscripts and ephemera gathered over 40 years of an abiding interest in all things Kansas. The collection also includes substantial materials from Wichita poet Irma Wassall.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu.