Visiting Writers Series: Chris Dombrowski (nonfiction & poetry) and Shann Ray (fiction & poetry)
Tuesday, September 19 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, Fried Hemenway Auditorium 135 257 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3692
Chris Dombrowski is the author of Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish. He is also the author of two collections of poems, By Cold Water, a Poetry Foundation Bestseller in 2009, and Earth Again, which was named runner-up for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry. His poetry and nonfiction have been widely published in leading journals and magazines, including Poetry, The Sun, Outside, Orion, and Gray's Sporting Journal. Born in Michigan, Dombrowski earned his MFA from the University of Montana. He lives in Missoula, Montana, where he is a fly-fishing guide, founder and co-director of the Beargrass Writing Retreat, and currently the Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana.
Dombrowski’s second work of nonfiction, tentatively titled The Nature of Wonder, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.
Poet and prose writer Shann Ray teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University. His debut novel, American Copper, won the Foreword Book of the Year Readers’ Choice Award, the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Ray’s collection of stories American Masculine won the American Book Award, the Bakeless Prize from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and two High Plains Book Awards, for Best Story Collection and Best First Book. His book of poems, Balefire, won the High Plains Book Award for Poetry. His work has been published in Poetry, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Prairie Schooner, and Tin House online, among others. His work has been mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing, Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best of the West anthologies, and appeared in the Best New Poets and Best of McSweeney’s anthologies. As a political theorist, Ray published Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity, and co edited Conversations on Servant Leadership. A licensed clinical psychologist he lives with his wife and three daughters in Spokane, Washington.
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