The Melanie Brown Lecturer Series
The Melanie Brown Lecturer Series is one of the exciting opportunities for aspiring writers to meet established authors, specifically writers of fiction, through Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program. The Melanie Brown Lecturer is presented each year through the generosity of The Melanie and Fred R. Brown Endowed Fund.
Melanie Brown was inspired by the MFA program’s emphasis on nurturing creative writers in part through place-based writing. The selection of each year’s Melanie Brown Lecturer is guided by the desire to highlight fiction writers with a strong sense of place in her or his writing. Students will have opportunities to interact with the Melanie Brown Lecturer both in and out of the classroom.
2013 Melanie Brown Lecturer
Wiley Cash is the author of A Land More Kind Than Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins), which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in May 2012. The novel also made best fiction of the year lists for the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. His second novel, Stealing Home, will be released in the fall of 2013. Wiley's short fiction and essays have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, American Literary Realism, and other publications. He holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in West Virginia, where he is at work on a third novel.
Wiley Cash will be reading on Friday, September 13th at 8:00PM in the Mellon Board Room of Chatham's Shadyside campus.