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Nicole Walker, author of the memoir Quench Your Thirst with Salt, comes to the July Reading Series of the Murray State MFA in Creative Writing program. Her book is part cultural critique part scientific treatise on the 'strangeness' of growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Walker about her book, the power of writing and her series of letters to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on her website Nikwalk, protesting cuts to higher education.

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Poets & Writers magazine ranked Murray State's MFA Program the 7th best low-residency program in the nation in 2013. The program is now in its 10th year and to celebrate, special events held this summer include a recent alumni celebration with readings and workshops and a day dedicated to regional writers this Wednesday. Associate Director of the program Carrie Jerrell speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the events. 

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Poet and essayist Andrew Hudgins is a guest author for the 2015 July Reading Series of the Murray State University MFA in Creative Writing Program, presenting Sunday at 6 p.m. in Clara M. Eagle Gallery. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his collection Saints and Strangers and winner of the Poetry Prize for After the Lost War. Murray State professor of English and published poet Peter Murphy speaks with Hudgins about his art on Sounds Good.

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Whether you have been writing a while and have written short stories or a novel, or if you're interested in getting started, with a handful of ideas and a blank notebook, Murray State's Low-Residency MFA Program offers a Free Community Writing Workshop July 11 & 12 called "Give Wings to Your Words." On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets its leader, faculty member Julia Watts, author of thirteen novels including Finding H.F., The Kind of Girl I Am, and Kindred Spirits. Watts says the workshop is an opportunity to generate work and spark ideas to develop into stories, poems or plays.

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Atlanta NPR station WABE's award winning news reporter and author of American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, Kate Sweeney, visits Murray State University to give a reading tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Eagle Gallery. The University of Georgia Press publication is about memorialization of death, both current and historic. Kate Lochte speaks with Sweeney on Sounds Good about the work of creative non-fiction.

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Murray State MFA graduate and writer Christine Bailey published her first young adult fiction novel Girl in the Middle, a story of identity and bullying. Before teaching English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, Bailey worked as a journalist, marketing/public relations writer and freelance writer. She reads from her book on Sounds Good.

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Murray State University Professor of English Carrie Jerrell has received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. She is one of six writers chosen for demonstrating a high level of excellence and creativity in their literary ares careers. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jerrell, reading form her newest work. 

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Two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Esther Lee, is the author of the poetry collection Spit, which received the 2010 Elixir Press Poetry Prize. Having won many other literary awards, Lee is also Kundiman fellow. Kundiman is a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. lee' son faculty at Agness Scott College in Atlanta and reads her poetry tomorrow night (July 17) at 7:30 in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Kate speaks with Dr. Lee on Sounds Good.

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Former U.S. Peace Corps rural AIDS educator, Tony D'Souza is tonight's presenter for the Murray State MFA Residency Reading Series that's open to all at 7:30 in Clara Eagle Gallery.  His fictional works, like Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight grow from non-fictional stimuli, and have won him prestigious literary awards, national publication, and academic fellowships.

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Two decades after his debut collection "Here We Are in Paradise" heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, his latest work coming out in August re-affirms his story-telling prowess. We meet Mr. Earley on Sounds Good today, in advance of his 7:30 p.m. Sunday presentation for the Murray State MFA Reading Series.

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