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Creative Writing MFA Reading Series: Joy Williams

Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT

Portrait of Joy Williams wearing sunglasses

Joy Williams returns to Boise State University as part of the 2022 Creative Writing MFA Reading Series. Williams will give a reading on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in the Hemingway Center on the Boise State campus. Free and open to the public, the Creative Writing MFA Reading Series brings renowned writers to campus each fall and spring. Visiting writers give readings and conduct workshops with creative writing students.

One of the most celebrated American authors at work today, Williams has written novels and collections of short stories and essays. In 2021, the Library of Congress honored Williams with the Prize for American Fiction. This prestigious award recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress who conferred the prize, said, “[Williams’s] work reveals the strange and unsettling grace just beneath the surface of our lives. In a story, a moment, a single sentence, it can force us to reimagine how we see ourselves, how we understand each other — and how we relate to the natural world.” Among her many honors, Williams has won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Fund from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Williams lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.