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ELKINS – Two award-winning writers will be featured this week in the 23rd Annual Davis & Elkins College Writers Series in a mix of virtual and in-person presentations.

Carol Tyler, a critically acclaimed graphic memory, non-fiction writer and designer, presented a virtual workshop and reading on Monday, while non-fiction author Jessie Van Eerden reads her latest book on Thursday.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We selected these authors because we believed they would appeal to a larger audience and their genres reflect some of the exciting things that are happening in the literary world today.” said D&E Assistant Professor of English, Dr Sebastian Williams.

Tyler is an 11-time Eisner Award nominated designer, known for her autobiographical stories. his series “You’ll never know” (later collected as “Soldier’s Heart”) is commonly seen as part of an emerging graphic memory movement alongside that of Alison Bechdel “Fun house” that of Marjane Satrapi “Persepolis” and Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”.

The “You’ll never know” the series was called “a living, touching and eccentrically elegant setting built around a terrible silence” by The New York Times and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Alongside Sergio Aragones, Tyler was named Master Cartoonist in 2016, winning a Cartoonist Studio Award from Slate Review that same year.

Tyler has also regularly published work with Fantagraphics Books, including award-winning collections such as Fab4 Mania (2018) and The Job Thing (1995). She currently teaches a course in Graphic Novels at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati (DAAP) and is Artist in Residence at the Ohio Arts Council.

Eerden is the author of three novels, “Bound glory” (Word Farm Press, 2012), winner of the Forward Editor’s Choice Fiction award, “My radio-radio” (WVU Press, 2016), and the winner “Call them horses” (Books Dzanc, 2021).

His collection of portrait essays “The long tears” won the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year award, and his work has been published in Best American Spiritual Writing, Oxford American, New England Review, and other sites. Eerden received the Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction, the Milton Fellowship, and a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Originally from West Virginia, she teaches in the MFA program at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins College in Hollins, Virginia, and is the former director of the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Eerden will read from “Call them horses” 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Halliehurst Great Hall. A signing session will follow. The novel won the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction 2019.

Located in a small town in West Virginia in the twilight of the 80s, “Call them horses” tells the story of three women – niece, aunt and stowaway seeking to escape all they have known.

The two writers will visit various classes at D&E during their stay to present lectures and workshops.

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