FDU creative writing professors to read from their recently-published works

The Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University will celebrate the publication of four new books by faculty members at Short Stories Community Book Hub in Madison, NJ on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Eliot Schrefer will be reading from his new young adult novel, “Rescued”; Donna Freitas will be reading from her new young adult novel, “Unplugged”; Renee Ashley will be reading from her new collection of poems, “The View From the Body”; and H.L. Hix will read from his new collection of poems, “American Anger”.

Schrefer is a New York Times-bestselling author, writing both adult and young adult fiction, and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. His first novel “Glamorous Disasters,” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006. He is most known for his young adult novels “Endangered” and “Threatened,” which are survival stories featuring young people and great apes. In naming him an Editor’s Choice, the New York Times has called his work “dazzling… big-hearted.” His books have been named to the NPR “best of the year” list, the ALA best fiction list for young adults, and the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best.” His work has also been selected to the Amelia Bloomer List, recognizing best feminist books for young readers, and he has been a finalist for the Walden Award and won the Green Earth Book Award and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He lives in New York City, and is the children's book reviewer for USAToday.

Freitas’ “Unplugged” is the first novel in her science fiction trilogy about competing worlds, one real, one virtual. She is the author of six novels for children and young adults, including “The Survival Kit,” named an ALA Best Books for Young Adults and the winner of the Bookstar Award in Switzerland, and “This Gorgeous Game,” also named an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, a winner of the CCBC Choice Award, and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best winner. Her novel, “The Possibilities of Sainthood,” received five-star reviews and many accolades, including: an Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, and the Texas Lone Star Reading List. Donna has also published two middle grade companion novels with Scholastic, “Gold Medal Summer”, about a gymnast, and the CCBC Choice award-winning “Gold Medal Winter”, about an ice skater. She lives in Brooklyn.

Renée Ashley grew up in California and lives in New Jersey. She is the author of six volumes of poetry: “The View from the Body”; “Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea”; “Basic Heart”; which won the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, “The Revisionist’s Dream”; “The Various Reasons of Light”; and “Salt,” which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Ashley has also written two chapbooks, “The Verbs of Desiring,” which won the New American Press Award, and “The Museum of Lost Wings,” which won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, as well as a novel, “Someplace Like This.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as a Pushcart Prize.  

H.L. Hix's poetry, essays, and other works have been published in McSweeney’s, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Boston Review, Poetry, and other journals, been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award, and been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.

Short Stories Community Book Hub is located at 23 Main Street, Madison, NJ.


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