University of Central Arkansas

UCA hosts author Matthew Salesses as artist-in-residence

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CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas will host author Matthew Salesses as artist-in-residence from Wednesday, March 15, to Thursday, March 16.

Salesses is the author of the national bestseller “Craft in the Real World”, an Esquire Best Book of 2021. Salesses will hold a public reading on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the College of Business auditorium. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session, as well as a book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

“Craft in the Real World” explores alternative models of craft and the writing workshop, especially for marginalized writers.

Matthew Salesses Photo by Grace Salesses
Matthew Salesses Photo by Grace Salesses

Additionally, Salesses will host a master class with graduate students on Wednesday, March 15, from 4-5 p.m., in Win Thompson Hall, room 331.

Salesses will also hold a craft talk with undergraduate students on Thursday, March 16, from 12:15-1:30 p.m., in Win Thompson Hall, room 331.

In 2015, Buzzfeed named Salesses one of 32 essential Asian American writers. His essays can be found in Best American Essays 2020, NPR Code Switch and The New York Times Motherlode blog, “The Sense of Wonder” (Little, Brown).

His latest novel, “Disappear Doppelganger Disappear”, is the PEN/Faulkner finalist and a Best Book of 2020.

The artist-in-residence programs are funded by the UCA arts fee. All events are located on the UCA campus and are free to UCA students and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Tickets are not required unless specified. For more information, contact Gayle Seymour, associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at 501-450-3293 or or visit CAHSS artists-in-residence.

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