Lynne Barrett and Kat Meads Alumni Fiction Reading

7 PM, Thursday, March 29, 2012
UNCG Faculty Center
Fiction reading

The MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro and The Greensboro Review will host a reading by Lynne Barrett and Kat Meads on Thursday, March 29th, at 7:00 PM in the UNCG Faculty Center on College Avenue. The event will celebrate the release of their latest two books, Magpies, a collection of stories, and When the Dust Finally Settles, a novel. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of the story collections The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go, and, most recently, Magpies. She co-editedBirth: A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook, a collection of Cain's nonfiction. She is the editor of the new collection of prose poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction Tigertail: Florida Flash. She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America, the Moondance International Film Festival award for Best Short story, and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Barrett teaches in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.An award-winning author of over twelve books fiction, drama, nonfiction and poetry, Kat Meads is a native of eastern North Carolina. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, a California Artist Fellowship in fiction and two Arts Council Silicon Valley fellowships. Her short stories have won awards from Chelsea and Inkwell Magazine, her essays fromNew Letters, Lyra and Drunken Boat. Her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and the Midwest. In 1995, she received the Judith Siegel Pearson Award in Drama from Wayne State University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Colony, Dorland, and the Montalvo Center for the Arts.

Meads teaches in Oklahoma City University's low-residency Red Earth MFA program.