March 22, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Birkeland, 360/546-9602, birkelan@vancouver.wsu.edu
WRITER AND POET ALEX KUO TO SPEAK AT WSU VANCOUVER APRIL 8
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Writer and poet Alex Kuo will present a reading of his poetry and prose on Thursday, April 8, on the Washington State University at Vancouver campus. The program, which begins at 4 p.m. in the WSU Vancouver lecture hall, is open to the public without charge.
        Kuo's widely published poetry, fiction and nonfiction have ranged from articles on Aryan Nations' parades and fundamentalist Christians in China, to short stories about smoke jumping, to a novel exploring Beijing's political Spring of 1989. Kuo, who is a professor of literature and comparative American cultures at WSU's Pullman campus, is also known for his tutelage to Native American writer and WSU alumnus Sherman Alexie, who cites Kuo among his influences.
        Kuo is author of "The Window Tree," "New Letters from Hiroshima," "Changing the River" and "Chinese Opera," and is currently working on his third novel, "The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze." The novel is partially set in China, where he has taught and visited on several recent occasions on grants from the United Nations and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Kuo has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship and was appointed a Fulbright Scholar 1991-92, and a Lingman Visiting Scholar in American Studies 1997-98.
        Kuo's visit is sponsored by the WSU Vancouver English Club and the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver.
        WSU Vancouver provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses to more than 1,500 students on its 351-acre campus seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.
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