Erie native, fiction writer Eugene Cross to read works

Eugene Cross, an Erie native who was named one of Narrative magazine’s 20 Best New Writers, will read from his new and published works at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Cross’ fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly, TriQuarterly and Callaloo, among other publications. His first book of short stories, “Fires of Our Choosing,” was published in 2010. He won the 2009 Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service for a series of writing workshops he offered to Bhutanese, Sudanese and Nepalese refugees living in Erie.

Cross’ appearance, part of the Creative Writers Reading Series, will be preceded at 5:30 p.m. with a reception on the lower level of the chapel. Both events are free and open to the public; free parking will be available at the Junker Center.

Cross previously taught in Penn State Behrend’s bachelor of fine arts in Creative Writing program. He currently lives in Chicago, where he teaches in the Fiction department at Columbia College Chicago.

The 2012-13 Creative Writers Reading Series will return in the spring semester with appearances by fiction writer Aimee Parkinson, poet Karina Borowicz and literary nonfiction writer Diana Abu-Jaber. The series is supported by the bachelor of fine arts program and by the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund.

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Last Updated October 19, 2012