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A.A. Balaskovits Reading

April 02, 2018

Western Wyoming Community College’s English Department is sponsoring a writer, A.A. Balaskovits, to speak on campus Friday, April 13th, 2018. The readings will take place at 7:00 PM in room 1003. An additional reading will take place Saturday, April 14th at 10AM at the Coal Train Coffee Depot downtown.

A.A. Balaskovits is the award-winning author of the short story collection, Magic for Unlucky Girls, which won the Grand Prize in the 2015 Santa Fe Writers Project Awards. In the collection, Balaskovits twists traditional fairy tales into surprising modern stories of horror and hope as her unlucky girl protagonists struggle against oppression and survive strange worlds.

Balaskovits, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, has also published short fiction and essays in a number of acclaimed literary journals, including The Madison ReviewSmokelong Quarterly, Gingko Tree Review, WigleafThe Indiana Review and Monkeybicycle.

“The stories in Magic for Unlucky Girls combine the magical with contemporary realism, rendering an aesthetic I’ve not quite seen but couldn’t get enough of. A.A. Balaskovits has an in-depth eye for detail, creates her own folklores, and possesses a dry wit that adds a welcome attitude to her fables. These stories are masterfully constructed and surprised me on every page, making me want to finish one just so I could get to the next.” – Michael Czyzniejewski, author of Elephants in our Bedroom and I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories.

There will be a second community reading on Saturday, April 14th, at 10:00AM at Coal Train Coffee Depot. Books will be available for purchase before and after the event.  

This event is free and open to the public. The community is encouraged to attend. For more information about the author, visit her website For questions regarding this event please contact Michelle Zuppa at

For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181