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Creative Writing Reading Series

February 20, 2013

Guest author Matthew Shaer's book about a group of vigilante Jews in Brooklyn's Crown Heights called the 'Shomrim Six,' has been described as a thrilling read about a group of crime fighters who ended up in American court. If convicted, they faced decades in federal prison.

In 2012, Shaer won The Colorado Review's Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction for a story called 'Ghosts.'Thursday, February 21
7:30-8:30 p.m.
University Art Museum
University Center for the Arts

Excerpt from Shaer's book

"I was fascinated by the kind of Jew the Shomrim represented: the Jew who fights back.... Yet in fighting back—in their deliberate shows of strength—the Crown Heights Shomrim often came into direct conflict with the NYPD and the very community they were sworn to protect."

~ from the introduction of Matthew Shaer's book, Among Righteous Men

Authors Shaer and Christian

Join the Department of English and the Organization of Graduate Student Writers through ASCSU for the Creative Writing Program Spring 2013 Reading Series at Colorado State University.

The series features special guests and faculty reading from a variety of styles and genres including fiction, poetry, and essays. The events are free and open to the public.

Christian recently won the Colorado Prize for Poetry for his manuscript, 'Family System.'

Colorado Review is a national literary journal featuring contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews.

In this session, Matthew Shaer (pictured), winner of the Colorado Review's Nelligan Prize in Fiction, and Jack Christian, winner of the Colorado Prize in Poetry discuss their work.

About the authors

Matthew Shaer is the author of Among Righteous Men, a book of nonfiction. His reporting appears regularly in New York Magazine, Harper’s, and The Washington Post, among other outlets. He teaches writing at New York University and Drew University and lives in Brooklyn.

Jack Christian was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1978. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and teaches writing at Westfield State University.

Contact: Megan Waugh
Phone: (970) 491-7395