In addition to his work as finance commissioner and director of economic and community development under Gov. Jay Rockefeller, Dean taught creative writing at the Shepherd's Center and was the West Virginia Writers award winner for prose and poetry in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three West Virginia writers will read from their new books at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the Fairmont State University main campus. The writers include Michael W. Cox, Jessie Van Eerden and John Van Kirk.
Cox is the author of the recently released "Against the Hidden River," a collection of short stories populated by characters with human struggles designed to strike the hearts of readers. Cox is the winner of a Northern Lights Fiction Prize from Passages North, and a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Spokane Prize and the Ohio State University Press Prize. He teaches creative and professional writing at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
Van Eerden's novel "Glorybound" is set in the drought-ridden mining town of Cuzzert, W.Va., where the ambitions and dreams of two sisters are challenged. Van Eerden holds a bachelor's degree in English from West Virginia University and a master's in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She lives in West Virginia where she directs the low-residency MFA writing program of West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Van Kirk joined the faculty of Marshall University in Huntington in 1993, where he has balanced a dual career as a writer and teacher. His novel "Song for Chance," published in 2013 by Red Hen Press, is a tale of 1970s sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, seen through the eyes of a musician who, along with his band, goes for the big, crazy ride of rock-star success. Born and raised in New Jersey, Van Kirk served as a Navy helicopter pilot and earned his MFA at the University of Maryland. His short stories have earned him the O. Henry Award and the Iowa Review Fiction Prize and have been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies.
A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading. Admission is free and open to the public.
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