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MING Studios Event Features Wieland, Artist Discussion Moderated by Keys

Art work: "Without Say Goodbye."
“Without SAY GOODBYE,” a photograph taken by Chim Pom, a Tokyo artist troupe, in 2013. It shows a scarecrow in a field near Fukushima. Provided by Mitch Wieland.

Boise State Professor Mitch Wieland will read from his new novel, Strange You Never Knew, at 6 p.m., Sept. 13 at MING Studios at 420 S. 6th St.  The novel is set in Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

The reading is in conjunction with the current MING exhibition, “Holding What Can’t Be Held,” featuring the work of several Boise State artists. The evening will also include a discussion with Wieland and several of the visual artists in the exhibition. Kathleen Keys, director of the School of the Arts at Boise State, will moderate.

Wieland is the author of two critically acclaimed novels. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Best of the West, and The Yale Review, among a dozen other literary journals. He co-founded the MFA program in creative writing at Boise State, and served as its director for ten years. He currently edits the award-winning Idaho Review, and teaches in the MFA and BFA programs in fiction writing and narrative arts.

Wieland received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the Boise State Arts and Humanities Institute.

Excerpts from Strange You Never Knew have appeared in The Missouri Review.