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CSU welcomes Miranda July, creative jack-of-all-trades

Author. Actress. Filmmaker. Performance artist.

The multi-talented Miranda July is all of the above. She’ll visit Cleveland State University this month as a guest of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing consortium (NEOMFA).

July gives a reading and interview with novelist Alissa Nutting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, in Drinko Hall. The event is free and open to the public. On Wednesday, November 20, July is back on campus for an invitation-only salon with NEOMFA students.

“The range of Miranda July’s work in nonfiction, fiction, film and performance art makes her a perfect fit for our program,” said CSU English Professor Mike Geither, director of NEOMFA. Besides CSU, the consortium includes Kent State University, the University of Akron and Youngstown State University.

July’s books include It Chooses You (2011) and a collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More than You (2007). Her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) – which she wrote, directed and starred in – won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. Her latest film is The Future (2011).

“Miranda July is successful in a number of genres,” Geither said. “Our students are very excited by her work. We encourage students to work intensively in at least one genre outside their own.”

While in Cleveland, July also appears on “The Sound of Applause” on WCPN 90.3 FM at 2:30 p.m. November 19. At 7:30 p.m. November 20, The Future screens at the Cleveland Cinematheque, followed by a Q&A session with July. Admission is $7 with a CSU ID.

photo by Todd Cole