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In the historic cigar factories of Tampa and Ybor City, lectores de tabaqueres were men who read aloud to the workers as they rolled cigars. UT’s MFA in Creative Writing program named its Lectores series in honor of this connection between literature and the city’s history. Each January and June, the program hosts celebrated visiting writers, poets, editors, screenwriters, and other artists who give public performances from their works. Read about upcoming participants at www.ut.edu/mfacw/lectores.
The January residency kicks off with a reading from Ottessa Moshfegh, a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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