Two award-winning authors to read from their work in Grinnell on Jan. 30

Thisbe Nissen and Jay Baron Nicorvo will visit Grinnell as a part of Writers@Grinnell

Award-winning author Thisbe Nissen and novelist Jay Baron Nicorvo will read from their work and discuss writing on Tuesday, Jan. 30, as a part of the the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. in the Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main St., Grinnell. 

Nissen is the author of three novels, "Our Lady Prairie," "Osprey Island," "Good People of New York," and a story collection, "Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night," which won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She is also co-author of "The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook," a collection of stories, recipes and art collages. She has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Brandeis University, The New School's Eugene Lang College and Pacific University. These days, she teaches undergraduate and graduate students at Western Michigan University.

Her fiction has been published in The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, Seventeen and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and anthologized in "The Iowa Award: The Best Stories 1991-2000" and "Best Mystery Stories." Her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, Preservation, and The Believer, and is featured in several essay anthologies.

Nicorvo is the author of a novel, "The Standard Grand," selected for IndieBound's "Indie Next List" and Library Journal's "Spring 2017 Debut Novels Great First Acts." The Brooklyn Rail named it a best book of the year. He also has published a poetry collection, "Deadbeat," and his nonfiction can be found in The Baffler, Poets & Writers and The Iowa Review. He has been an editor at Ploughshares and at PEN America, and was membership director for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.  

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