Fiction writers and Oregon State University alumni Jaclyn Watterson and Michael Shou-Yung Shum will read their works at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall, 2921 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. A question-and-answer and book signing will follow.

Watterson’s short story collection, “Ventriloquisms,” won the 2016 Spokane Prize in Short Fiction, and will be published this month by Willow Springs Books/Eastern Washington University. She earned her master of fine arts in creative writing at OSU and her doctorate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.

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Watterson’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including New Delta Review, The Spectacle, Puerto del Sol, North Dakota Quarterly and Birkensnake.

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Shum is the author of the 2017 novel, “Queen of Spades,” based on his own experiences as a poker dealer. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University, a doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and a doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee. His work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic, Barrelhouse, Bartleby Snopes and many other publications.

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The free reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to OSU.

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