KC Professor Josh Woods is Guest for Kaskaskia College Visiting Writers Series

April 11, 2019

Woods and Students

Kaskaskia College held its Spring Visiting Writer Series today and KC Professor Josh Woods was the guest author.  Woods has been teaching at KC since August of 2001 and besides being an author, he is an editor, and podcaster.Professor Josh Woods

Professor Woods read a short story from his book  O Monstrous World!  He has also written  The Black Palace (Amazon KDP, 2018), and has edited three anthologies of fiction and has published genre and literary short stories in numerous journals, magazines, and collections, in addition to having published creative non-fiction and craft essays. His podcast, The Monster Professor, explores the role of monsters in literature, folklore, film, and pop-culture. His awards include Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year, Press 53 Open Awards for Genre Fiction, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, among others. More information can be found on his website, joshwoodsauthor.com.

Dean of Arts and Sciences, Kellie Henegar, introduced Professor Woods to the crowd and read some excerpts that some of his students said about him, “Professor Woods plays an important role in the lives of his students. He’s not just a professor; he’s a mentor, a counselor, an advisor, and a friend. He goes above and beyond in his duties as a professor, constantly encouraging and inspiring his students to never fear doing what they love, while being completely honest about his own successes and failures. Professor Woods enters the classroom with a smile and is the first to ask how everyone is doing. He works with his students to personally figure out what their passions are and uses them to reignite their passion for learning. Rated 5 out of 5 on Rate My Professors, but Professor Woods is a 5 out of 5 human as well”.

The Visiting Writers Series occurs once in the fall and once in the spring, and it includes a guest writer who will offer a reading of his or her work as well as a question-and-answer session and a book signing. The purpose of the Visiting Writers Series is to offer Kaskaskia College and the surrounding community an opportunity to see, meet, learn from, and interact with published and awarded authors and poets. Such events not only cultivate and encourage the appreciation of reading, writing, and the literary arts, but they also inspire and enrich on the personal level.

For more information on the Visiting Writers Series, please contact Professor Josh Woods at jwoods@kaskaskia.edu


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