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The State of the State: Missouri Writers on Missouri (Facebook Live)

Tue, May 25 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm Central
Virtual Branch
Age Group
For adults


The Story Center
Story Center Event
Virtual Event


Dr Sam Cohen, Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia, describes what the work of Missouri writers—from the first African American novelist Williams Wells Brown to Hannibal’s Mark Twain, Moberly’s Jack Conroy, St. Louis’s T. S. Eliot, Ntozake Shange, and Naomi Shihab Nye, Kansas City’s Melvin B. Tolson and Calvin Trillin, Columbia’s own John Williams, and West Plains’s Daniel Woodrell—tells us about the state of our state across its length and breadth and across its history. This talk will consider how the course of the nation—of its political aspirations and realities, of its expansion westward and of its finding its place in the world—has marked Missouri history and so has shaped the work of its writers. This livestream will take place on our Facebook page:


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