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Kiki Petrosino to give a master class and reading at Wells College

Wells College is pleased to announce the next event in their Visiting Writers Series. On Tuesday, September 6 at 5pm, Kiki Petrosino will present a master class entitled, “Missing History: Writing into the Incomplete Record” in which she will guide participants through the process of filling gaps in the records of their own histories through creative writing. Participants in the class are encouraged to bring a draft of a poem, story, or scene that addresses a gap in the historical record. The master class will be held in Faculty Parlors, inside Main Building.

Later that evening at 7pm, Petrosino will give a reading from her new and widely acclaimed memoir, “Bright”. Praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Essence, The Southern Review of Books, and The Root, the memoir explores Petrosino’s upbringing in a mixed Black and Italian American family and the historical context that created her heritage. The “Bright” reading will be held in the Art Exhibit Room, inside Macmillan Hall. A livestream of the reading will be available for those unable to attend in person — please visit here for further details.


Both events are free and open to the public, with parking available on campus. No registration is required.

Kiki Petrosino is the author of “White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia” (2020) and three other poetry books, all from Sarabande. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her memoir, “Bright,” was released in August from Sarabande. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, where she is a Professor of Poetry. Petrosino is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the UNT Rilke Prize, & the Spalding Prize, among other honors.



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