Fiction Reading and book signing at Cedar Crest College
Xuan Juliana Wang
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Tompkins College Center
(October 2, 2019) – The Cedar Crest College Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading and book signing by author Xuan Juliana Wang. Wang will read from her debut collection of short stories, “Home Remedies.” The event will take place in the 1867 Room at the Tompkins College Center on campus on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
Wang’s work brings the contemporary Chinese and Chinese American experience into profound, funny and sometimes surreal focus. The series is coordinated by Alison Wellford, assistant professor of writing and program director of the Pan-European MFA at Cedar Crest College.
“Wang writes about the millennial Chinese and Chinese-American experience with humor and insight. Her work explores familial relationships, technology, the surreal, as well as immigration and cultural divides,” said Wellford.
Wang will also be visiting a creative writing class to teach students about crafting fiction that captures voices that authentically represent their generation. Both Wang and Wellford were fellows at the prestigious The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire during May of 2018.
Xuan Juliana Wang was born in Heilongjiang, China, and moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. She is the author of the story collection “Home Remedies.” Her writing has appeared in “The Atlantic,” “Ploughshares,” “The Best American Nonrequired Reading,” “Narrative,” “The Cut,” “The Brooklyn Rail” and the “Pushcart Prize Anthology.” She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and received her MFA from Columbia University. She has received fellowships and awards from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ conference, Cite Des Arts International, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is a fiction editor at “Fence” and currently teaches at UCLA.
“…Wang unpacks unwieldy relationships with a light touch, slicing cleanly through the intricacies to render them instantly familiar. . . . Wang’s writing is sensory, cinematic and fluid.”—The New York Times Book Review
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