Writers At Newark: Bobbie Ann Mason and Jenny Xie

Bobbie Ann MasonWriters At Newark Reading Series: Bobbie Ann Mason - Fiction

Bobbie Ann Mason was raised on her family’s dairy farm in western Kentucky. Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader, with a foreword by George Saunders, was published in 2018. Mason’s first short stories were published in The New Yorker and her first book of fiction, Shiloh & Other Stories (1982) won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was nominated for the American Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her first novel, In Country (1985) is taught widely and was made into a film. Her novels also include Feather Crowns, (1993), An Atomic Romance, (2005) and The Girl in the Blue Beret (2011). Mason's memoir, Clear Springs, (1999), about an American farm family throughout the twentieth century, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her books of stories include Nancy Culpepper (2006) and Zigzagging Down A Wild Trail (2001). Her nonfiction includes Nabokov’s Garden (1974) The Girl Sleuth: A Feminist Guide (1975), a feminist assessment of Nancy Drew, and Elvis Presley (2004), a biography. She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Kentucky in 1962, her M.A. at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1966, and her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in 1972. She is former writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky. Mason has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Kentucky Book Award, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.


Jenny XieWriters At Newark Reading Series: Jenny Xie 

Jenny Xie was born in Hefei, China, and raised in New Jersey. Her debut poetry collection, Eye Level, (2017) was the winner of the Walt Whitman Award given by the Academy of American Poets. She holds degrees from Princeton University and New York University’s creative writing program, and has received fellowships and support from Kundiman, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and Poets & Writers. Xie is the recipient of the 2016 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize for Nowhere to Arrive, and her poems appear in The New Republic, Tin House, Harvard Review, The Literary Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.


This event is located at Express Newark in the Hahnes Building.