Here at the University of Cincinnati it’s time for one of our favorite traditions: the biennial Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival! Four wonderful emerging writers—Catherine Lacey, Elizabeth McKenzie, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and Jung Yun—are coming to the UC campus this week to read and discuss their work. We hope to see you there:

Fiction Reading: Catherine Lacey & Jung Yun

April 5, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
►Tangeman University Center 400C

Panel: “The Engines of Fiction,” moderated by Kelly Kiehl and Jessica Masterton

This panel will focus on the propulsive elements of narrative, in both the short story and the novel. The most obvious topics include plot, event, structure, and suspense, but panelists might also discuss other elements such character, language, tone, form, and atmosphere.

April 6, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – noon
►Tangeman University Center 400A

Fiction Reading: Elizabeth McKenzie & Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

April 6, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
►Tangeman University Center 400A

Panel: “The Writer as Reader,” moderated by Julialicia Case and Molly Reid

This panel will focus on issues such as influences, literature old and new, the landscape of contemporary literature, and books our panelists love and would recommend.

April 7, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
►Location TUC 417ABC

Author bios:

Photo by Willy Somma

Catherine Lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and a finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It has been translated or is forthcoming in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and German. She is currently the 2016 Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana and has won fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Omi International Arts Center, Late Night Library, and Columbia University.  Her second novel, The Answers, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and abroad in June 2017. Her first short story collection, Small Differences, will follow. She was born in Mississippi and is based in Chicago.



Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of The Portable Veblen, published by Penguin Press and 4th Estate. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and has been recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her collection, Stop That Girl, was short-listed for The Story Prize, and her novel MacGregor Tells the World was a Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal Best Book of the year. She is the senior editor of the Chicago Quarterly Review and the managing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader.


Antonio Ruiz-Camacho’s debut collection Barefoot Dogs (Scribner) won the Texas Institute of Letters’ Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction. Barefoot Dogs was also a Fiction Finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, a Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco ChronicleTexas Observer and PRI’s The World Best/Recommended Book in 2015, and was published in Spanish translation by himself as Los perros descalzos (Vintage Español). His work has appeared in The New York TimesSalonTexas Monthly, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Toluca, Mexico, he moved to the US at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. He earned his M.F.A. from UT Austin’s New Writers Project, has been an Elisabet Ney Museum writer-in-residence, and a fellow at the JSK Journalism Program at Stanford, the Dobie Paisano Program, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Yaddo.


Photo by Stephanie Craig

Jung Yun is the author of Shelter, published by Picador in March of 2016. Her work has appeared in Tin House (the “Emerging Voices” issue); The Best of Tin House: Stories; The Massachusetts Review; and The Atlantic Monthly. She is the recipient of two Artist Fellowships in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at the George Washington University.

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