‘Normal’ authors share stories of diaspora, memory

The Normal School Fall Reading with Jericho Parms (left) and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas (right)

~ By Jefferson Beavers, communications specialist, Department of English

Nonfiction authors Jericho Parms and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas will read from their work at The Normal School fall reading event on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Fresno State.

The evening will feature readings from each of the authors’ latest works, followed by a reception and book signing. The Normal School reading is free and open to the public.

Parms wrote the nonfiction book “Lost Wax,” published in 2016 by the University of Georgia Press. The collection features essays centered on art and memory, as she explores her Bronx upbringing in the 1980s and ’90s. The book also follows the author’s travels in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the American West.

Parms works as the associate director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she teaches in the professional writing program at Champlain College.

Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas wrote the nonfiction book “Don’t Come Back,” published this year by Mad River Books, an imprint of the Ohio State University Press. The collection features lyric and narrative essays, experimental translations, and re-interpreted myths, as the author combines translations of popular Spanish-language adages with adaptations of Colombian myths.

Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas works as an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The reading and book signing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191) inside the University Business Center. Parking costs $3 in suggested lot P6.

Founded in 2008, The Normal School is a nationally distributed literary magazine. Professor Steven Church, the coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts Program in creative writing at Fresno State, is a founding editor.

Graduate students from the MFA program serve as staff for the magazine. Visit The Normal School online to subscribe. For more information about the reading, call 559.278.1569.

(Master of Fine Arts Program graduate assistant Manivone Sayasone contributed to this report.)

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