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Writers Nissen, Nicorvo at KVCC
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Jay Baron Nicorvo has taught at a number of colleges, including WMU.

Wife-and-husband novelists Thisbe Nissen and Jay Baron Nicorvo will speak about writing and present readings of their work Nov. 13 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Texas Township campus.

Nissen, an associate professor of English at Western Michigan University, is the author of three novels, The Good People of New York (2001), Osprey Island (2004) and Our Lady of the Prairie, released this year. She also co-authored The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook: They Came, They Cooked, They Left (But We Ended Up with Some Great Recipes) with Erin Ergenbright, which provides a collection of recipes learned from their ex-boyfriends.

Nicorvo is the author of the novel The Grand Stand (2017), and his writing has been featured on NPR and the PBS NewsHour. He's served as an editor at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center, and at Ploughshares and has taught at a number of colleges, including WMU.

They will speak on their craft at 10 a.m. and read selections from their work at 2:15 p.m. in the Student Commons Theater, Room 4240. Their appearance is part of KVCC's annual “About Writing” Visiting Writer Series, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 488-4400.