Author Nana Nkweti to read from her fiction in Coe presentation

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2014-11-12 14:07:53 - General

Nana Nkweti

Coe College English professor and accomplished author Nana Nkweti will read from her fiction on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

Nkweti is teaching creative writing at Coe during the current academic year, including courses on the graphic novel and fiction workshops. She will read from new work and participate in a question and answer discussion with Assistant Professor of English Nick Twemlow.

A Cameroonian-American writer and recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Nkweti's work has been featured in numerous magazines, journals and online publications. She is currently completing "Like Walking on Cowry Shells," a linked short-story collection that focuses on the lives of hyphenated-Americans who share her multi-cultural heritage in the United States and Africa. The book features murderous nurses, tongue-tied linguistic anthropologists, comic book enthusiasts, and even alleged sex-ring operators.

The author creates fully-embodied characters that reflect the great diversity and complex social identities present in Africa and its diaspora. Nkweti hopes her stories entertain readers while also offering them a counterpoint to prevalent "heart of darkness" writing that too often depicts a singular "African" experience plagued by locusts, hunger and tribal in-fighting.

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