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Alfred University visiting lecturer to open fall reading series at Syracuse University
9/02/11

Rahul Mehta, visiting assistant professor of English at Alfred University, will open the Fall 2011 Raymond Carver Reading Series at Syracuse University with readings from his new short story collection, "Quarantine," on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at SU’s Huntington Beard Crouse Gifford Auditorium. The reading will be preceded by a question-and-answer session from 3:45-4:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public free of charge.
"Quarantine" (Harper Perennial, 2011) is a collection of fictional stories about gay Indian-American men and their struggles to maintain their cultural traditions and relationships with their families. Portions of "Quarantine" have been published in New Stories from the South 2009: The Year’s Best, The Kenyon Review, The Sun magazine, and other literary journals.

Mehta received a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University, where he was the Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellow, and a bachelor of arts degree in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

His work has appeared in several literary journals such as Noon, Fourteen Hills, and The Kenyon Review. Mehta was recently named one of Out Magazine’s Out 100 honorees for 2011. He is currently working on a novel.

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