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Kayla Rae Whitaker
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
12:30-1:45 p.m., Table Rock Room
7:30 p.m., Table Rock Room, 201B Plemmons Student Union
Kayla Rae Whitaker was born and raised in Kentucky. Her first novel, The Animators, was named a best debut novel of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and a best book of 2017 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Lenny, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and of New York University’s MFA program, which she attended as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and will be in residence at Appalachian State as the 2019-20 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing from mid-August to mid-October 2019.
Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the residency of a writer of national prominence at Appalachian State University. This position rotates among various distinguished authors of all creative genres; distinguished professors teach a creative writing seminar, conduct community outreach, and are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.