Writing the Past - Rachel Hall and Cindy Veach Co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Salem State Hillel. Rachel Hall’s collection of linked stories, Heirlooms, was awarded the BkMk Press 2015 G.S. Sharat Chandra prize. Set in France during World War II and in the U.S. and Israel in the decades following, Heirlooms explores assumptions about love, duty, memory, and truth. Hall’s stories and essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Lilith, and New Letters, among others. She has received awards and honors from publications such as Lilith, Glimmer Train, and New Letters and from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ragdale and the Ox-Bow School of the Arts. She holds an MFA from Indiana University. Currently, Hall is Professor of English at the State University of New York-Geneseo. Cindy Veach received an MFA from the University of Oregon. She is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, November 2017) which explores the fraught relationships of four generations of women against a backdrop of the patriarchal textile mills of 19th century Lowell, Massachusetts that were fueled by the blood and sweat of exploited mill girls and enslaved African-Americans in the south. This collection speaks to family, lost love, infidelities, abandonment and the close work, women’s work of mending what is torn and making it like new despite the forces of inherited histories. Veach’s poetry has appeared in Agni, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, North American Review and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Grolier Prize and the Ann Stanford Prize and the recipient of an honorable mention in the Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest. The reading will take place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Room in Ellison Campus Center, located on Salem State University's North Campus.