Local writers Marie Manilla and Nicole Lawrence to read from their work tonight on the Huntington campus


Tri-State area natives Marie Manilla and Nicole Lawrence will read from their work at 8 p.m. tonight  at the Foundation Hall.

The event, called Writers Harvest, is part of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series, which receives support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Honors College, the West Virginia Humanities Council and the English department.

The literary reading is being done in support of the Facing Hunger Foodbank. A suggested donation of 2 to 3 nonperishable food items is requested for admission, and a book signing will follow.

MarieManillaManilla is a Huntington native and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Mississippi Review, Prairie Schooner, Calyx and other journals. Her collection of stories, Still Life with Plums (WVU Press, 2010), was a finalist for both the Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year.

Her novel, Shrapnel (River City Publishing, 2012), won the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Publishers Weekly describes her newest novel, The Patron Saint of Ugly (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) as “Clever, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming, all at once…A lovely, hopeful tale.” Booklist calls it “Beautifully written, filled with detailed prose meant to be savored.”

Manilla is a visiting faculty member in West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program.

NicoleLawrenceLawrence is a poet who teaches at Marshall.  She grew up in Ona  and studied English at Marshall,  She then was a fellow at Indiana University, where she received her M.F.A. She has contributed music to the local film Trace Around Your Heart (2013), which won Best Music and Best of Festival at the Coal River Film Festival and Colony Film Festival. She was a finalist for the Atlanta Review International Competition, Bertolt Clever Award for Poetry and Ross Lockridge Award for Fiction.

For more information on the Writers Harvest, contact Dr. Carrie Oeding in the Department of English via e-mail at oeding@marshall.edu.