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Reading by Mark Brazaitis, author of The Rink Girl

The Department of English will host a virtual reading by Mark Brazaitis, a professor in the department, on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

To register for the reading, please contact Marsha Bissett at

About the Author

Mark Brazaitis

Mark Brazaitis is the author of eight books, including his latest, "The Rink Girl," which won the 2018 Prize Americana from Hollywood Books. Brazaitis also wrote "The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala," winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award; "The Incurables: Stories," winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose; "Julia & Rodrigo," winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award; and "Truth Poker: Stories," winner of the 2014 Autumn House Press Fiction Competition.

Brazaitis’ stories, poems, essays and journalism have appeared in more than 70 journals, magazines, anthologies and newspapers, including Ploughshares, Witness, Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Beloit Fiction Journal and USA Today, and his fiction and nonfiction have been acknowledged in the Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays anthologies. He wrote the script for the award-winning Peace Corps film “How Far Are You Willing to Go to Make a Difference?” Brazaitis’ writing has been featured on the Diane Rehm Show as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, Pittsburgh and elsewhere. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a professor of English and the director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop.