Award-Winning Writer to Read Fiction at UM

October 24, 2016

Catherine Lacey

MISSOULA – An award-winning prose writer will read her fiction at the University of Montana at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room.

Catherine Lacey, the Visiting Kittredge Writer, has taught throughout the semester in UM’s Creative Writing Program. She is the author of “Nobody is Ever Missing,” a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and winner of a 2016 Whiting Award. It has been translated or is forthcoming in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German.

“Catherine Lacey’s class is magic,” said Lisbet Portman, a graduate student in Lacey’s Techniques of Modern Fiction class. “The syllabus, which begins: ‘I have built for you an obstacle course…’ asks questions of the writer that are as playful as they are practical, as obsessive as they are considerate.”

Lacey was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012 and taught in the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. She has published work in The New York Times and Oxford American, among others. Her second novel, “The Answers,” will be published in April 2017, and her first short story collection, “Small Differences,” will follow.

For more information on the Visiting Kittredge Writer or UM’s Creative Writing Program, call Karin Schalm, program coordinator, at 406-243-5267 or visit

Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing Program coordinator, 406-243-5267, 406-243-5267.