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Join us for a reading with UVA MFA alumni Steve Bellin-Oka (Instructions for Seeing a Ghost) and Thomas Pierce (The Afterlives). This event will be free and open to the public.
Steve Bellin-Oka earned his MFA from the University of Virginia and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He is the author of Instructions for Seeing a Ghost (University of North Texas Press, 2020), which won the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, as well as three chapbooks of poems. A 2019–20 Tulsa Artist Fellow, his other honors include fellowships from Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Crosstown Arts. He was awarded the 2019 Poets-in-the-Parks Fellowship from the National Parks Arts Foundation. A native of Baltimore, he currently lives in Tulsa.
Thomas Pierce is the author of a novel, The Afterlives, and a short story collection, Hall of Small Mammals, for which he was honored with the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award. He holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Poe/Faulkner Fellow. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Zoetrope, The Oxford American, and VQR and been anthologized in The Best American Non-Required Reading and O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives outside Charlottesville, VA.
Thomas Pierce Photo Credit: Andrew Owen