Kea Wilson Kicks Off Kaskaskia College Writer’s Series

November 6, 2017

Guest writer, Kea Wilson joined College staff, instructors and students yesterday when she visited the campus as the first writer as part of the College’s Visiting Writers Series for the 2017-18 academic year.

Wilson is the author of the novel We Eat Our Own (Scribner). Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in PANK, Diagram, Playboy, Lithub, and others, and she currently serves on the on the summer faculty of the Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches creative writing.

We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon. The New York Times Book Review calls it “a canny, funny, impressively detailed debut novel” and said that Kea Wilson is “a novelist of real substance and promise.”

KC Professor Josh Woods says of the event, “We were fortunate to have such as successful event: a full crowd, excellent questions from the audience, and answers from Kea that were both insightful and inspiring.”

The Visiting Writers Series occurs once in the fall and once in the spring, and it includes a guest writer who will offer a reading of his or her work as well as a question-and-answer session and a book signing. The purpose of the Visiting Writers Series is to offer Kaskaskia College and the surrounding community an opportunity to see, meet, learn from, and interact with published and awarded authors and poets. Such events not only cultivate and encourage the appreciation of reading, writing, and the literary arts, but they also inspire and enrich on the personal level.

For more information on the Visiting Writers Series, please contact Professor Woods at