College of Arts and Sciences

Poetry-in-the-Round Hosts National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Fiction Writer Kirstin Valdez Quade  

Picture of Kirstin Valdez QuadeNOTE: This event has been cancelled.

Poetry-in-the-Round hosts acclaimed fiction writer Kirstin Valdez Quade on Monday, March 23 at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of the University Center.

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas (Norton, 2015), which won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association.

The New York Times calls Night at the Fiestas a "haunting and beautiful debut story collection" that contains "legitimate masterpieces." Elle says: "[a] sparkling debut collection . . . features dreamers and schemers whose lives pulsate with wild hopes, hard luck, stunning secrets, and saving grace."

Kirstin is the recipient of the John Guare Writer's Fund Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at Princeton.

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

About the Series:
Poetry-in-the-Round has brought some of the best contemporary writers from around the world to Seton Hall University for the past three decades. Some of those visitors have included Karen Russell, Ben Lerner, Dinaw Mengestu, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Jonathan Franzen, Heidi Julavits, Jenny Offill, Helen Phillips, Ben Marcus, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Nadine Gordimer, Jamaica Kincaid, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, and many others. The series has worked to bring established and up-and-coming new writers to the attention of Seton Hall students and the community.

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