An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

“I grew up in the shadows of a half-dozen names,” said Dinaw Mengestu, speaking of the family members he never met. Mengestu — the author of this year’s Big Read at UCF book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears — moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia when he was two. “What inspired me most was […]

UCF to Join The Big Read with Free Books, Lectures, Play

As part of the upcoming annual Big Read supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, UCF will celebrate The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, the debut novel of African journalist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dinaw Mengestu. Events include an art exhibition, play, book clubs, lectures, artist talks and book signing. Woven throughout these events […]

Creative Writing alumnus named 2018 NEA Literature Creative Writing Fellow

Jaroslav Kalfař ‘11 might feel that literary success is elusive, but it seems to be following him closely. Kalfař was recently awarded a highly competitive and prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for $25,000. Kalfař majored in Creative Writing at UCF before completing his MFA at New York University, and published his […]

UCF Alumnus, Author Inspires ACE Book Club Students

On a sunny Thursday afternoon in Parramore, students from the Academic Center for Excellence’s book club are eating Gringos Locos tacos in the school’s pavilion with author Matthew Laurence ‘07. In his novel, Freya, a reference to the taco shop’s large moustache logo is one of several nods to Laurence’s time attending UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy […]