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Illinois Authors Publication Panel: Cris Mazza and Christina Pugh

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Humanities Research Institute and the Creative Writing Program, Department of English
Feb 20, 2021   1:30 pm  

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Cris Mazza’s new novel, Yet to Come, is from BlazeVox Books. In 2017 Mazza’s Charlatan: New and Selected Stories, chronicling twenty years of short-fiction publications, was released. Mazza has seventeen other titles of fiction and literary nonfiction including Something Wrong With Her, a real-time memoir; her first novel How to Leave a Country, which won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction; and the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She is a native of Southern California and is a professor in and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Christina Pugh is a poet and critic. Her fifth book of poems, Stardust Media, was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming in 2020 from University of Massachusetts Press. Her other books of poetry include Perception; Grains of the Voice; Restoration; and Rotary, which was awarded the Word Press First Book Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Pugh’s work has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award (for poetry treating a humanitarian theme), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, an individual artist fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award. She is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a consulting editor for Poetry magazine.

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