Suggested Reading: Fiction by UNLV Alumni

Perhaps there’s been something sinister prowling on school. Writers who’ve just recently nurtured their early professions right here seem to have a bent for awesome scary and wicked humor. In the previous years, alumni from UNLV’s extremely related to graduate innovative composing program have actually been acquiring respected awards and evaluations. The program’s success in spotting, hiring, and supporting young writers has actually been bolstered by its association with the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI). Right here are a couple of works to contribute to your reading list.


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Vu Tran, ’06 PhD English and a Schaeffer Fellow, is now an assistant professor in the practice of the arts at the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of 2009 Whiting Award and a 2011 finalist for the Vilcek Reward for Creative Pledge. In his first novel, Dragonfish, an American law enforcement agent searches in Las Vegas for his ex-wife, a Vietnamese refugee. The unraveling of her strange disappearance also reveals characters coming to grips with who they are in light of exactly what they’ve lost: kin, country, love, morals.

“Dragonfish is a strong very first book for its threat taking, for its collapsing of genre, for its classy language and its mediation of a history that is important to post-1960s American identity yet frequently disregarded.”– The New york city Times

“A familiar noir trope– the missing out on woman– blossoms darkly in Dragonfish as the story of a lost people, a theme that Tran renders exceptionally, rating the book a place on the top rack of literary thrillers.”– SFGate Going Anywhere. Leapfrog Press, 2014 David Armstrong, a 2014 BMI PhD Fellow, is now an assistant professor of English at the University of

the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. His newest stories appear in Story Magazine, The Publication of Dream & Sci-fi, Best of Ohio Short Stories, and elsewhere. The short story collection Going Anywhere won the Leapfrog Fiction Contest. His 2nd story collection, Reiterations, won the New American Fiction reward and will be published in 2016. “It is Armstrong’s gift to weave the great into the mundane in order to show us how normal lives are streaked with both horror and inflammation.

Even the stories that do not clearly roam into Golden Zone area are essentially about mystery: how we love, why we cannot, how we continue on regardless.”– The Literary Evaluation”Armstrong’s characters are the mundane everymen … raised to the heights of disaster through careful focus on detail and voice. He’s able to inhabit the skin of everybody from a Midwestern band geek handling his father’s coming out to a New Yorker attempting to unload his best memory of his dead better half with the help of a strange male.”– Las Vegas Weekly Your Presence is Asked for at Suvanto. Graywolf Press, 2010 Maile Chapman, ’10 PhD English and BMI Schaeffer Fellow, is now its artistic director and editor of Witness, as well as an English teacher at UNLV. Her debut novel was short noted for the Guardian First Book Award and a finalist for the PEN Center U.S.A literary award in fiction. It is set in a 1920s women’s convalescent medical facility in Finland. The story’s intensifying threat develops to a terrifying conclusion.”The actual power here comes from the pervasive, subtle menace Chapman develops. In Suvanto, she

has developed a world where the crust of civility, like the ice of the frozen bay outside, is fragile, underlaid by darkness and on the brink of giving way.”– The New York Times”Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto is a gem; unusual, vibrant and acrobatic, its intricacies are sophisticated, its position seductive and complex. This is an author of genuine power and aplomb. “– The Guardian That’s Not A Feeling. Soho Press, 2012 Dan Josefson, 04 MFA in Creative Writing, is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Award and the recipient of a Fulbright research study grant. He now resides in Brooklyn, New York. His first book is set in a”therapeutic”boarding school and concentrates on a 16-year-old who’s two times failed suicide. It was a New York Times Editors’Choice and Booklist Editors ‘Choice. “Josefson attempts a natty narrative trick by toggling in between first-person and third-person omniscient narrative modes, so that after Benjamin states a scene

of his own he right away switches to accounts of simultaneous(and consequently unwitnessed)occasions, with full-access passes to every character’s mind … Josefson’s deft, tempered prose style, however, supplies a procedure of


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never flat or blunted, so that the characters, not the sentences, heat the pages.”– The New York Times”That’s Not a Feeling is a sharp, advanced read, and with one book to his name Josefson has already proven himself to be a master of type. None other than David Foster Wallace described the book as a’amusing, mordant, and deeply intelligent launching.

‘”– The Atlantic Tampa. Ecco, 2013 Alissa Nutting, ’11 PhD in Innovative Composing and a BMI Schaeffer Fellow, will certainly be going back to UNLV as an English teacher. Her short story collection Dirty Jobs for Women and Girls (2010)won the Starcherone Prize for Ingenious Fiction. Her launching novel, Tampa, analyzes the desire behind its female character’s sociopathic determination to seduce a 14-year-old student. “Alissa Nutting’s astonishing launching, Tampa, is, like Nabokov’s Lolita, a story of illegal sexual fixation and corrupted innocence; its narrator a highly literate adult who exploits early adolescents. But Tampa

is a slimy, sticky inversion of the traditional old-man-meets-young-girl situation … And Nutting has announced herself as an author who is as gifted as she is strong.”– Shelf Awareness”Alissa Nutting’s debut book, Tampa, will certainly provide people something to talk about this summer and beyond. Though the novel’s subject is questionable, Tampa is likewise impeccably composed, loaded with smart cultural observations, and no small amount



Tampa is far bigger than the buzz, and more considerable than the catchwords that will unavoidably be connected to it.”– The Daily Monster

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