Barkan’s first published work was the novella <em>Before Hiroshima</em>, which Saul Bellow published in his literary magazine <em>News from the Republic of Letters</em>. The novella, along with five other short stories, formed his first collection, published by Toby Press and republished in 2011. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a literature fellowship for the book, and it was selected as an Amazon Top 100 Kindle Pick three times in February and October 2012 and June 2013. His next book, the novel <em>Blind Speed</em>, was named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Fiction Prize. His collection of stories, <em>Məxico</em>, will be published by Hogarth Press, the literary imprint of Crown Books, in 2016. The collection was named “runner up” for the Juniper Prize for Fiction by the University of Massachusetts Press and runner up for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, awarded by the AWP. The short story “The Kidnapping,” from the collection, was named winner of the Lightship International Short Story Competition, in the U.K. His writing has appeared in <em>Esquire</em> and as a contributor to <em>The Boston Book Review.</em> He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Hollins.
Thorpe Moeckel’s most recent book is <em>Arcadia Road: A Trilogy</em>. He is the author of a nonfiction book, <em>Watershed Days</em>, and three books of poems -- <em>Odd Botany</em>, <em>Making a Map of the River</em>, and <em>Venison: a poem</em>. Chapbooks include <em>Meltlines</em>, <em>The Guessing Land</em>, and <em>Off Owl’s Head</em>. His writings appear regularly in journals, and selections are featured in many anthologies. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Jacob K. Javits and Henry Hoyns fellowship, and was awarded the George Garrett New Writing Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is an associate professor of English and director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University.
Funding provided by the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series.