Join us at Orr Street Studios at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 14, for readings of fiction by Keija Parssinen and poetry by Thom Dawkins.
Keija Parssinen was born in Saudi Arabia and lived there for 12 years as a third-generation expatriate. She earned a degree in English literature from Princeton University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching & Writing Fellowship. She lives with her husband on the edge of a quarry in Columbia, Mo., where she directs the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop and writes at a desk made of 19th-century Missouri barn wood. The Ruins of Us, Parssinen's debut novel, was published in January 2012 by Harper Perennial in North America and Faber & Faber in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and South Africa. It won a Michener-Copernicus award.
Thom Dawkins serves as the reviews editor for Weave magazine and contributes regularly to the Los Angeles Review. His recent work as a poet and critic has also appeared in Pleiades, New Orleans Review, DMQ Review and Puerto del Sol. He earned an MFA at Chatham University and studied theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Thom lives in Columbia, Mo., where he teaches poetry and composition.
Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Mo. Join us every Tuesday evening during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.