Visiting Writers Series to begin with Writers Harvest Sept. 16


RajiaHassibThe annual A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will begin Wednesday, Sept. 16, with Writers Harvest, featuring Rajia Hassib and Dr. Rachael Peckham. The event will take place at 8 p.m. in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

This literary reading is part of a national literary event to support local food banks, since September is National Hunger Action Month. Those attending the reading are asked to bring at least 2 to 3 nonperishable food items for donation to the Facing Hunger Foodbank.

Hassib was born and raised in Egypt and moved to the United States when she was 23. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from Marshall University, and her short fiction has appeared in Upstreet, Steam Ticket, Bone Parade, and Border Crossing magazines. She lives in Charleston, West Virginia. Her debut novel, In the Language of Miracles (Viking, 2015), was recently reviewed in The New York Times.

RachaelPeckham_B&WPeckham holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Ohio University. Her essays and poems can be found in numerous journals and magazines, including Brevity, Calliope, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Sentence, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. In 2010, Peckham won the Robert Watson Poetry Award at Spring Garden Press, and her work received notable mention in 2012 Best American Essays. Most recently, she was a finalist in the 2014 National Poetry Series Competition. She is an associate professor of English at Marshall.

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Photos: Rajia Hassib (top) and Dr. Rachael Peckham will be featured in Writers Harvest Wednesday, Sept. 16.