Stefan Kiesbye – February 14, 2016

Word By Word host Gil Mansergh wishes every one a Happy Gothic Valentines Day by welcoming Sonoma State’s newest professor of creative writing, Stefan Kiesbye. Born in Germany, and with an MFA from the University of Michigan, Stefan’s books prompted Die Welt to write that he “is the inventor or the modern German Gothic novel.” Stefan’s debut, Next Door Lived a Girl, won the Low Fidelity Press Novella Award and his second book, Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone, was a Top Ten pick in Oprah Magazine and made Entertainment Weekly’s “Must Read” list. Stefan’s newest novel,The Staked Plains, is set in a desiccated town in Eastern New Mexico that is “ similar but decidedly different” than the Eastern New Mexico University community where Stefan taught before relocating to Sonoma County.

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