WILSON, N.C. — February 12, 2016 — Barton College will welcome author Kim Byrd to discuss her debut novel “Byrd” at the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Feb. 29. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and the community is invited to attend.
“Byrd” won the 2014 Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South and was long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her short stories have appeared in “Shenandoah,” “Mississippi Review,” “Painted Bride Quarterly,” the Norton anthology “Flash Fiction Forward,” and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fiction fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center.
Novelist Jill McCorkle described Church’s new book as, “Brilliant writing – lively and heartbreaking at every turn.” Novelist and poet Ron Rash described her work as “A riveting debut.”
A native of North Carolina, Church grew up in Lexington. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski, in Raleigh, where she divides her time between writing and law.
The Victor R. Small Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages in the School of Humanities at Barton College. For additional information, please contact Dr. Jim Clark, dean of the School of Humanities and Elizabeth H. Jordan Endowed Chair for Southern Literature, at (252) 399-6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.