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November 9, 2015

Author Joni Tevis to speak at SVSU

‌Writer Joni Tevis will speak at Saginaw Valley State University as part of the school's “Voices in the Valley” reading series Monday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in SVSU's Founders Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Formerly a park ranger, factory worker and seller of cemetery plots, Tevis is the author of two books of essays. “The Wet Collection” is a collection of 40 lyric essays that interweave religion, memory, nature, women's history, wry humor, found objects, and art. Her most recent book is “The World is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse.”

Tevis’ non-fiction work has been published in Oxford American, the Bellingham Review, Shenandoah, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and Orion.
Tevis currently teaches creative writing and literature in Furman University; she also served as the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008. In addition, Tevis is an affiliate faculty member with the Shi Center for Sustainability.

An English and history major, Tevis completed a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University, and an M.F.A and Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Houston.