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Stellar Alumni Reading Series: Susan Nguyen and Alex McElroy

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The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at ASU presents a reading by two of its star graduates: poet Susan Nguyen (MFA 2018) and fiction writer Alex McElroy (MFA 2015). The event takes place on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7 p.m. in the Pima Auditorium of the Memorial Union on ASU's Tempe campus.

Susan Nguyen hails from Virginia but currently lives and writes in Arizona. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University, where she won the Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Prize and fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. In 2018, PBS NewsHour named her one of "three women poets to watch." Her work appears in diagramTin House, and elsewhere. She writes a lot about identity, the body, and the Vietnamese diaspora, and she also likes to make zines. Her debut collection, Dear Diaspora, won the 2020 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2021. Visit her at

Alex McElroy is a non-binary author based in Brooklyn. Their debut novel, The Atmospherians, was described by The NY Times Book Review as "exceptional writing: McElroy’s world-building is artful, funny and bracingly resonant.” Other writing appears in The Cut, BuzzFeed, GQ, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, The Atlantic, Tin House, and elsewhere. Alex has been named one of The Strand's 30 Writers to Watch and has received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Tin House Summer Workshop, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Inprint Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The National Parks Service. Visit Alex at

Justin Petropoulos
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, 7 p.m.
Pima Auditorium (230)
Memorial Union (MU) 301 E. Orange St.
Tempe campus
Free of charge and open to the public