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Fiction Writer Cara Blue Adams Reads at Seton Hall  

cara blue adamsPoetry-in-the-Round hosts fiction writer Cara Blue Adams on Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the Beck Rooms A/B/C of the Walsh Library. 

Cara Blue Adams is the author of the interlinked story collection You Never Get It Back (University of Iowa Press, 2021), which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and awarded the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, judged by Brandon Taylor, who calls it "a modern classic." The book was shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy Prize and longlisted for the Story Prize. 

Of You Never Get It Back, the New York Times writes, “Cara Blue Adams’s evocative first book is described as a collection of interlinked short stories, though it could easily be classified as a novel without the padding . . . Adams succeeds in capturing the microcosm of a young woman’s ordinary struggle in modern America, and it turns out to be pretty devastating.”

Her stories have been published in many magazines, including Granta, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, Narrative, and American Short Fiction. The recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Center for Fiction, she has been honored with the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, the Missouri Review Peden Prize, and the Meringoff Prize in Fiction, along with selection as a Pushcart Prize Notable and support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Adams earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is an associate professor of English at Seton Hall University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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 Jennifer Egan, Susan Choi, Dinaw Mengestu, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Ben Lerner, Téa Obreht, Brandon Taylor, Parul Seghal, Elif Batuman, Christine Schutt, Heidi Julavits, Ben Marcus, Jenny Offill, Gary Shteyngart, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Karen Russell, Alexandra Kleeman, Helen Phillips, Major Jackson, Deborah Eisenberg, Susan Orlean, Jonathan Franzen, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Russell Banks, C.K. Williams, 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.

Can't make it to this event? Poetry-in-the-Round is pleased to feature speakers throughout the academic year. Take a look at the schedule of upcoming Poetry-in-the-Round guest speakers below:

  • December 7 at 7 p.m.: Award-winning poet Nicole Terez Dutton, author of If One Of Us Should Fall, winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
  • February 8, 2023 at 7 p.m.: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding, author of Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • March 29, 2023 at 7 p.m.: Award-winning fiction writer Nathan Oates, author of A Flaw in the Design.
  • April 19, 2023 at 7 p.m.: Award-winning prose writer Courtney Zoffness, author of Spilt Milk, named a "must-read" by Good Morning America.

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