MISSOULA – Author and University of Montana alumna Megan Kruse will present a lecture titled “What it Feels Like: Crafting Emotion in Fiction” on Friday, Oct. 14, at UM.
Kruse will lecture from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Liberal Arts Building Room 103B. She also will give a fiction reading at 7 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.
“We invited Megan back to campus because she is a visionary writer and has accomplished much since she graduated from our program in 2010,” said Debra Magpie Earling, director of UM’s highly regarded Creative Writing Program. “We wish to offer our students the chance to meet a distinguished writer not long out of our program. Our students seek answers to many pressing questions about the writing life and how to survive after graduate school. In today’s world, how do you negotiate and balance a life of work and still pursue your art? We’re thrilled to have one of our own return to us.”
Kruse’s debut novel, “Call Me Home,” was described by Booklist as “impressively forceful” and “vivid, precise and promising.” She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and was listed as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for 2015.
Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia, Washington. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her Master of Fine Arts at UM. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and “Call Me Home” was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House and Gotham Writers Workshop.