Sunday, May 24, 2009

September 15: Eugenia Kim and Tim Parrish

Eugenia Kim is the daughter of Korean immigrant parents who came to America shortly after the Pacific War. She has published short stories and essays in journals and anthologies, including Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings, and is an MFA graduate of Bennington College. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. The Calligrapher’s Daughter is her first novel.

Tim Parrish is author of Red Stick Men , a collection of stories set in and around his hometown of Baton Rouge. His most recent fiction and nonfiction appear in Cincinnati Review, Idaho Review, Hotel Amerika, and in the anthologies Alive and Awake in the Pelican State (LSU Press) and Louisiana in Words (Pelican Press). He has a story and an essay forthcoming in Maanha, an upcoming on-line journal of North American and Iranian writers. He is currently at work on a memoir, entitled Southern Man, about being raised a racist, fundamentalist Southern Baptist and subsequently becoming involved in street and race violence. He has received a Gerald E. Freund Grant-in-Aid from the Whiting Foundation due to a nomination by the late Ted Solotaroff and has received fellowships through the Connecticut Arts Council and Sewanee Writers Conference. He teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative-writing programs at Southern Connecticut State University.