HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 28, 2016 – High Point University’s Phoenix Reading Series will host authors Xhenet Aliu and Susan McCarty at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom.
“We’re excited to host these two break-out short story writers whose sophisticated debuts explore new ground at the cutting edge of two very different aesthetic traditions,” says Dr. Jacob Paul, assistant professor of English.
Aliu’s debut fiction collection, “Domesticated Wild Things,” won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and was released in September 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Necessary Fiction, American Short Fiction and elsewhere. She has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards.
McCarty is the author of the 2015 collection of short stories, “Anatomies.” She is an assistant professor of English at Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her stories and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, West Branch, Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, Utne Reader, Iowa Review, Everyday Genius and Tarpaulin Sky.