Case Editors in Residence October 14 at WIU – Western Illinois University News


Case Writers in Residence October 14 at WIU

September 17, 2021


MACOMB, IL – The English Department at Western Illinois University will welcome Writers-in-Residence Fred Ewing Case and Lola Case on Thursday, October 14, again in a virtual format.

This year’s authors are the poet Luther Hughes; novelist David Heska Wanbli Weiden; and graphic novelist Kayla Shaggy. A question-and-answer session will be organized by students and professors on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a reading with the authors will be broadcast from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

We envision a Q&A session with students and faculty through a 3-4 zoom. To get the event link, email Professor Erika Wurth at [email protected] A reading with the authors, broadcast via Facebook Live, will be available on the WIU English Department Facebook page, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Weiden, a registered citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, is the author of “Winter Counts”, nominated for an Edgar Award and winner of the Anthony, Thriller, Lefty, Barry, Macavity, Spur and Tillie Olsen Awards. The novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, the Book of the Month Club’s Main Pick, an Indie Next Pick, and named Best Book of 2020 by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and other magazines. The novel is being translated into French, German, Japanese, Turkish and Polish, and has been selected for film production. It has short stories appearing or forthcoming in “Denver Noir”, “Midnight Hour”, “This Time for Sure” and “The Perfect Crime” mystery anthologies. Weiden is a recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Ragdale Foundation Residency, the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, and a Tin House Fellow.

• Hughes, born and raised in Seattle, WA, is the author of “A Shiver in the Leaves” (BOA Editions, 2022) and the “Touched” chapbook (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the founder of Shade Literary Arts and co-host of “The Poet Salon”. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Fellowship and the 2020 92Y Poetry Discovery Award. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

• Kayla Shaggy, born in Shiprock, NM, is a multimedia artist of Dine and Annishinabe origin. Her works have been featured in various galleries and events: she won the Best of Show award at the Durango Arts Gallery in 2017, vendors at events like Indigenous Comic Con in 2018-19, and was recently commissioned by Nativo Lodge. in Albuquerque, NM, for an art installment in 2020. “The Sixth World,” an Aboriginal futuristic story about a young Dine woman on Mars in the future, is her best-known work.

The series is sponsored by the WIU Department of English, the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence program, and the WIU College of Arts and Sciences.

The Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence support bringing national writers of poetry and fiction to WIU every year.

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