Alumna Author Returns for English and Linguistic Events

Alumna Kara Bollinger Kynion will return to campus March 30 for a pair of events sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics.

There will be a Writing Center Workshop at 2:30 p.m. in Kirk Building 120 along with a poetry reading and book signing at 7:30 p.m. in the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium. Both events are free and open to the public.

Bollinger Kynion is a graduate writing specialist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Truman and a Master of Arts in English (rhetoric and composition) from the University of Kansas. She has been part of the writing center community since she started tutoring as an undergraduate, and her interest in the writing center is what motivated her to attend graduate school. Her master’s thesis connected writing center and service-learning theories.

After graduating from KU, Bollinger Kynion worked as the assistant director of the Writing and Communication Center at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. She enjoys collaborating with students in all stages of the writing process, but especially likes brainstorming and revision. She finds working with students one-on-one and in larger classroom or workshop settings to be equally rewarding.

In her free time, Bollinger Kynion writes. Her chapbook, “Attachment Theory,” was published by Dancing Girl Press. Her first academic publication appears in a collection about writing in post-Soviet countries, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Kansas City Star, The Rumpus, Brevity’s Blog and Midwestern Gothic.

Bollinger Kynion’s visit is funded by the School of Arts and Letters Alumni Visit Grant in support of the School of Arts and Letters strategic goal of enhancing interaction between alumni, faculty and students. Visits by alumni include substantive interaction on campus with students and faculty and at least one public presentation.

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