The MFA Programs in Writing presents a reading by novelist Joshua Ferris and poet Rebecca Morgan Frank on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30pm in HG 1030.

Joshua Ferris is the author of Then We Came to the End, a novel that was a finalist for the National Book Award, and which was primarily written here at UC Irvine in the Programs In Writing. Then We Came to the End won the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and has been translated into 24 languages. Ferris’ third novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the first American writer to be admitted to this list. His collection of short stories The Dinner Party was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year. Many of the collection’s stories were first published in The New Yorker.

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of four books of poetry: Oh You Robot Saints!, Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, and The Spokes of Venus, all from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry), shortlisted for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Ireland, Los Angeles Review of Books, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and The Slowdown Show, and her collaborations with composers have been performed and exhibited across the country. Her stories have been published or forthcoming in Catapult, Joyland, Prairie Schooner, Five Chapters, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, and The Orison Anthology, where she was the 2019 Fiction Award winner.