National Endowment for the Arts fellow presents works at Hamilton College


CLINTON — Reese (R.O.) Kwon, a National Endowment for the Arts fellow, will read excerpts from her first book, “The Incendiaries,” at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at the Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center, at Hamilton College.

The event is free.

“The Incendiaries” is billed as: “A powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea.”

Although “The Incendiaries” is Kwon’s first book, she has written other short works of fiction including: Safeword (2017), Helping (2014), and Legends of the Seoul Dogs (2012). Her short non-fiction work has appeared in The GuardianViceSan Francisco Chronicle, and BuzzFeed.

Most of Kwon’s work focuses on Korean identity, as she herself was born in South Korea, but spent most of her life in the United States.

Kwon has also received various recognitions from the Sewanee Writer’s and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conferences, and the MacDowell, Yaddo, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

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