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HERE x American Short Fiction: Campfire Stories

November 1 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Campfire Stories presented by American Short Fiction

Gather by the fireside as we hear haunting and horrifying tales from award-winning literary authors James Han Mattson, Jenny Tinghui Zhang, and Adam Soto. Come as you are or as your favorite literary ghost.


James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received grants from the Copernicus Society of America and Humanities North Dakota. He has been a featured storyteller on The Moth, and has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, Murray State University, and the University of California – Berkeley. In 2009, he moved to Korea and reunited with his birth family after 30 years of separation.

He is the author of two novels: The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves (Little A: 2017) and Reprieve (William Morrow/Harper Collins and BloomsburyUK: 2021), which was named a best book of the year by Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Library Journal, and Crimereads, and was a Fall 2021 Book Pick by The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Chicago Tribune, O Quarterly, Entertainment Weekly, and the TODAY show, among others. His third novel, The Grand Imposters, is forthcoming from William Morrow/HarperCollins. He is currently a visiting professor at Texas State University.

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer from Austin and author of Four Treasures of the Sky (Flatiron Books). Her work has appeared in Apogee, CALYX, Ninth Letter, Passages North, wildness, and The Rumpus, with essays in HuffPost, Bustle, The Cut, and HelloGiggles, among others. She is a Kundiman fellow and graduate of the VONA/Voices and Tin House workshops, and holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming. She is currently at work on her second novel.

Adam Soto is the author of This Weightless World, longlisted for Best Debut Novel 2021 by Locus Magazine, and Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep: Ghost Stories. A former Michener-Copernicus Foundation Fellow, he holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives with his wife in Austin, TX, where he is a teacher, a musician, and the web editor of American Short Fiction.

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