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Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College
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    Contemporary Writers Series

Randy Ribay
September 16, 2021

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. He is the author of the YA novels An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes, After the Shot Drops, and Patron Saints of Nothing, which was selected as a National Book Award finalist. Randy earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a high school English teacher and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two dogs.

Matt Mendez
November 11, 2021

Matt Mendez has worked on airplanes all of his adult life and is the author of the short story collection Twitching Heart and the YA novel Barely Missing Everything. His stories have appeared in Huizache, The Acentos Review, BorderSenses, Pank, The Literary Review, “Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century” by Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, as well as other places. Barely Missing Everything was named a 2019 Best YA Book by Kirkus, Seventeen Magazine, NBC Latino, and Texas Monthly. Matt is from El Paso and now lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Caitlin Horrocks
February 3, 2022

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collections Life Among the Terranauts and This is Not Your City, both New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice titles. Her novel The Vexations was named one of the 10 best books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. Her stories appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, One Story and elsewhere. She lives with her family in Grand Rapids, where she teaches at Grand Valley State University and is a consulting editor at the Kenyon Review.

Kyd Kane
March 30, 2022

Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson, the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI, is a self-taught visual artist, curator, and arts educator. Born and raised in West Michigan, Kyd has performed at the Detroit Masonic Temple, the Michigan State Capitol building, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and SiTE:LAB in Grand Rapids, MI. Kyd has been featured on NPR, WYCE Electric Poetry, and TEDx. Kyd’s art has the power to inspire, heal, challenge, affirm, and provoke. She’s grateful for the opportunity to live a life filled with passion and purpose.