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CWU Brings Critically Acclaimed Writer John McNally to Ellensburg Campus

Award winning writer John McNally will present a craft talk and reading entitled “Psychic Distance: The Art of Zooming into and out of the Narrator's Head” as part of the 2018 Lion Rock Visiting Writers series on Tuesday, May 1.

McNally will read from his work from 6:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m. in the CWU Museum of Culture & Environment. Earlier in the day, he will give a craft talk from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Science II, room 101 (Lydig Planetarium).

Both events are free and open to the public. His books will be available for sale courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop following the 7:00 event.

McNally is the author or editor of seventeen books, including The Boy Who Really, Really Wanted to Have Sex: The Memoir of a Fat Kid, Lord of the Ralphs (a young adult novel), and Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in over a hundred publications, including One Teen Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Washington Post.

A finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, McNally divides his time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Lafayette, Louisiana, where he is Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The event is sponsored by CWU College of Arts and Humanities, CWU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice, CWU English Dept., CWU Brooks Library, CWU Wildcat Shop, Karen Gookin, and CWU Multimodal Education Center.

For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit: or contact Lisa Norris at 509-963-1745,

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,