Tasha Haas and Mary Wharff read at The Raven
- Categories: Literary
- Event posted: May 5, 2011
- Last updated: May 5, 2011
- Friday, May 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
- The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St., Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
CERTAIN DAWN, INEVITABLE DAWN: STORIES is Tasha Hass’s first book. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Conjunctions, Coal City Review, Flint Hills Review, South Dakota Review, Stickman Review, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing, children’s literature, and composition at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and taught fiction writing and English as an adjunct at KU for eight years. She earned her M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Bowling Green State University. She is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Fiction, and has earned competitive writing and teaching residencies in Costa Rica and Lithuania. Tasha grew up on a ranch on the prairie flatlands of southwestern Kansas, the land and culture of which has been a strong influence in her writing. Her extensive travels in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Latin America have also given her many stories. She has lived in Lawrence for twelve years. This is her first book. Mary Wharff loves short stories — writing them, reading them, trying to get her friends to read them and buy them. While daydreaming of the return of a viable market for short stories, she also helps to coordinate Big Tent at The Raven and edits fiction (short!) for Coal City Review. She’s also a judge (particularly of short fiction) for the Langston Hughes Writing Awards. Her work has been published in Room of One’s Own (Canada), Connecticut Review, Mohila Review, Water-Stone Review and others, and she’s currently studying with the Dangerous Writer’s Workshop and novelist Tom Spanbauer (Portland OR). She and her husband, Andy Bloomer, have an adopted four-legged family, gardens instead of grass and shelves of novels she thinks she’ll read once she gets over her thing with short stories.