LHU hosting author, Sudan Civil War survivor

LOCK HAVEN — Prize winning poet and writer, Harriet Levin Millan, will give a reading and talk at Lock Haven University on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Parsons Union Building. She will be joined by Sudanese Civil War survivor Michael Majok Kuch.

“How Fast Can You Run,” Millan’s forthcoming migrant novel, is based on the true story of Majok Kuch.

According to publisher Harvard Square Edition’s website, “How Fast Can You Run is the inspiring story of Michael Majok Kuch and his journey to find his mother. In 1988, Majok, as a 5 -year-old boy, fled his burning village in southern Sudan when the North systematically destroyed it. Majok, along with thousands of other fleeing people, many of them unaccompanied minors, trekked through the wilderness in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya to arrive at a series of refugee camps where he would live for the next 10 years.” Kirkus review calls the novel, “a deeply felt novel of grace and intelligence. Millan has crafted a rich tale that authentically portrays-and doesn’t exploit-Majok’s refugee experience.”

Millan received a MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop and has written for The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, and PEN America among other publications.

She and her family founded the Reunion Project and along with the participation of Philadelphia-area high school and college students, raised money to reunite several Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan with their mothers living abroad. She teaches creative writing in the English Department at Drexel University and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing. She lives with her husband outside Philadelphia.

For more information about the novel visit the publisher’s website at http://harvardsquareeditions.org/portfolio-items/how-fast-can-you-run/.

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