The UMass Visiting Writers Series will host authors Emily Barton and Melanie Rae Thon.
Emily Barton is the author of two novels, Brookland and The Testament of Yves Gundron, both named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation; she has also been awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and a residency at Yaddo.
Melanie Rae Thon is the author of four novels and three collections of short stories, most recently, The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories. Her work has been included in the Best American Short Stories,Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Prize anthologies. She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Writer’s Residency from the Lannan Foundation.
Both authors read a selection from their latest work.