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June 7, 2021

author and former berry professor discussed novels on identity and japanese culture

Former Berry College professor Michael Mejia recently read and discussed fiction work from his two novels “TOKYO” and “Forgetfulness” with students via a virtual event. 


In “TOKYO,” Mejia explores American perceptions of Japanese culture and identity through a narrative of disaster, loss and longing. In “Forgetfulness,” Mejia creates a lyrical panorama of early 20th century Vienna, commenting on postwar conceptions, analyses and revisions of the period.  



Mejia taught at Berry from 2004 to 2012 as a professor of creative writing and composition. He is editor-in-chief of the Western Humanities Review, co-founding editor of Ninebark Press and a professor of English at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation.  



“I value his use of experimental techniques. Some of his fiction can be a challenge to fully understand, but that's true of a lot of great art,” said Berry Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing Will Donnelly.  


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Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Hannah Grace Mann

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