Mount Mercy University welcomes renown memoirist John. T. Price, author of Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships, for a Q&A and a Reading on Thursday, September 9 in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The Q&A starts at 3:30 p.m. and the Reading starts at 7:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Hailed as a “winsome, perceptive coming-of-age memoir” Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships bears poignant witness to the bonds that link us all. Grounded in the great grasslands of the Midwest, Price’s large-hearted memoir is nevertheless a story that knows no boundaries. Kinship is the thread that runs throughout, with creatures in his back yard and in the wild, with Swedish ancestors, with neighbors, with the Midwestern prairies and with his wife and children.
Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Price attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in religion, Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing and Ph.D. in English. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other recognitions, his nonfiction writing about nature, family and spirit has appeared in many journals, magazines, newspapers and anthologies including Orion, The Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, Isotope and Best Spiritual Writing 2000. He is a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he teaches nonfiction writing. Price is also a fellow at the Black Earth Institute. He and his wife Stephanie and three sons live in the Loess Hills of western Iowa.