Aja Gabel

The University of Central Arkansas College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host artist-in-residence Aja Gabel for three events on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Events will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live.

A public reading followed by a Q&A will take place via Zoom and Facebook Live at 7:30 p.m. During the session, Gabel will read from her novel about the life and times of a classical string quartet and discuss her work and own life while playing music with John Vanderslice, UCA professor of creative writing.

Individuals may listen and participate in the Zoom session here with Meeting ID 961 4217 2735 and passcode 629506. Those who would rather watch on Facebook Live can find CAHSS on Facebook here.

Gabel will also host a craft talk with undergraduate creative writing students via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon and a masterclass with creative writing students in the Master of Fine Arts program from 4-5 p.m.

Gabel’s prose can be found in The Cut, Buzzfeed, Kenyon Review, BOMB, and elsewhere. She studied writing at Wesleyan University and the University of Virginia and has a doctorate in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Gabel has been the recipient of awards from Inprint, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her debut novel, “The Ensemble,” is available through Riverhead Books. 

The UCA Artists-in-Residence program is funded by the UCA Student Arts Fee. Each year, the program brings professional performing and visual artists, creative writers, filmmakers and arts exhibitions to the UCA campus for one or more days for the purpose of expanding student learning experiences. They offer the general student body performances, lectures, exhibits, workshops and more that enlarge awareness and appreciation of the arts. 

For more information about the UCA Artists-in-Residence program, visit https://uca.edu/cahss/artists-in-residence/ or contact Seymour at (501) 450-3295 or gayles@uca.edu