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Nonfiction Reading Series— Emily Pifer and Robin McCrary

November 5, 2021 at 12:00pm1:30pm EDT

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Pifer will read excerpts from her current work and her forthcoming book The Running Body, which was the winner of the 2021 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Contest. In her work Pifer explores the world of competitive running along with questions of the body, gender, place, and belonging.

McCrary will read from his memoir-in-essays  Island in the City (University of Nebraska Press, 2018). In his acclaimed book, McCrary offers a searching account of what it means to address “race, sex, money, and what it means to be at home.” —from Eula Biss, author of On Immunity: An Inoculation.  

Emily Pifer received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Ohio University, where she competed in track and cross country, and her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Wyoming. She is currently a third-year PhD student in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. At Syracuse, Emily teaches courses in creative nonfiction, critical research and writing, and the practices of academic writing. Her work has recently appeared in The Fiddlehead, and her first book, The Running Body, was selected by Steve Almond as the winner of the 2021 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Contest. It will be published in the fall of 2022.

Dr. Robin McCrary is author of Island in the City (University of Nebraska Press), a memoir-in-essays. As Micah McCrary, his work also appears in the Journal of Creative Writing StudiesAssay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Essay Daily, among other publications. A contributing editor at Assay, Dr. McCrary lives in New York (on Haudenosaunee homelands) where he researches Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Internationalization in creative writing pedagogies and teaches at Syracuse University, in addition to serving as a mentor-teacher & low-residency faculty in Wilkes University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing.

Note: This is a virtual event. Please contact Eileen Schell for the zoom link.

CART will be available, and students are welcome to attend.  

The reading is sponsored by the Nonfiction Reading Series of the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition at Syracuse University.


This event was first published on October 25, 2021 and last updated on October 26, 2021.

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