CORVALLIS, Ore. - Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

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, he was the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. Fearnside's work focuses on place, culture and the natural environment, and 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 prestigious Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. 

He earned an MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University, where he was the recipient of 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 accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Source: 

Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu