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The ACE Writing Project: Joan Burbick & Alex Kuo

November 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The ACE Writing Project hosts monthly readings to celebrate local writers. Enjoy an evening of literary arts and learn about the talent hiding in our backyard! Following the featured reading, we’ll open the floor to anyone interested in sharing an original piece. Writers of all genres are welcome; open mic sign-up starts at 6:45 pm on a first-come basis and is limited to 10 readers per night; please limit your reading to 5 minutes. Please enter through the Penn Avenue door.

(All Ages)

Facilitators: Nancy Knowles & Amelia Ettinger

Cost: Free Admission

The ACE Writing Project featuring Joan Burbick & Alex Kuo

The ACE Writing Project is a monthly author reading series hosted by Art Center East. The November 20 Writing Project will feature two writers with recent publications from La Grande based publishers, Redbat Books: Joan Burbick and Alex Kuo. Each author will read a selection of their work followed by time for discussion. A community open mic will conclude the evening. The readings will begin at 7:00 pm; free admission.

Born in Boston, Alex Kuo lived his early childhood in the French Concession of occupied Shanghai for most of World War II. As a bridge generation writer and teacher, he has lived and held academic appointments on both sides of the Pacific. He taught American literature in Beijing in its political spring of 1989, and has returned to it every other year since to lecture at various universities. He was a professor of English at Washington State University until his retirement in 2012. He has written several books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and won an American Book Award for his short fiction collection, Lipstick and Other Stories. His most recent novel, Mao’s Kisses, explores Beijing’s 1989 Tienanmen Square incident.

For more than thirty years, Joan Burbick lived in the Palouse region of northern Idaho and eastern Washington writing and teaching at Washington State University with periodic stints as a visiting professor at universities in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Warsaw. At present, she resides on an island off the coast of Washington. Her two nonfiction books, Rodeo Queens and Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy were based on years of interviewing people about how the myths of the West shape everyday life. These interviews led her to many people whose lives were dramatically altered by violence. Their stories led her to Stripland, her first novel.


November 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Art Center East


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