Normandale 2017 Fall Reading Series begins with Desiree Cooper on October 5

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College's English Department will host four events as part of the 2017 Fall Reading Series.

The Reading Series begins with Desiree Cooper on Thursday, October 5 at 3:30 p.m. (P 0838). Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was also a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets.  

David Lawrence Grant will speak at Normandale on Monday, October 16 at 2 p.m. in room C 1095 as part of the Reading Series. Grant is a Twin Cities playwright, fiction writer, and essayist. He will read from and discuss his essay, People Like Us, which appears in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.  

On Wednesday, November 8, Sequoia Nagamatsu will speak as part of the Reading Series at 6 p.m. in room P 0808. Nagamatsu is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews' Indies Book of the Year Award. He is the managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose, and an assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. 

The fall portion of the Reading Series will wrap up with Bao Phi and Shannon Gibney on Friday, December 1 at noon in room C 1016. Phi and Gibney will read from their work and discuss their essays in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota