Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Oregon State University's Valley Library Rotunda, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free.

Fearnside’s 2016 short-story collection, “Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air,” was a finalist for the New Rivers Press MVP Award and the Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction. His work has been nominated for Best New American Voices and has earned three Pushcart Prize nominations.

In 2015, Fearnside was the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. His work focuses on place, culture and the natural environment. He has taught writing and literature in Kazakhstan and around the United States. He currently teaches at OSU.

Donaldson is the author of the 2016 novel, “The More They Disappear,” a literary thriller praised by The New York Times, The Toronto Star and Booklist. Originally from Kentucky, Donaldson attended Kenyon College and was a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

He earned an MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University, where he received a Provost Graduate Fellowship. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, The Greensboro Review and Crazyhorse.

This reading is part of the 2016-2017 Literary Northwest Series, which brings writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. 

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