Writer Mary Helen Specht is Featured Speaker At McMurry University Knox-Bennett Lectures

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:49 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Fiction writer Mary Helen Specht will be McMurry University’s 2015 Knox-Bennett Guest Writer. Specht will be on campus Wednesday, April 1, and will participate in two events. She will informally discuss the craft of writing fiction at 2:30 p.m. in the Jay-Rollins Library and she will read from her fiction at 7:30 p.m. in the Amy Ryan Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Specht is a graduate of Abilene High School and the daughter of longtime McMurry librarian Joe Specht. Her first novel, Migratory Animals, was published this January by Harper Perennial and is amassing critical acclaim as well as impressive sales.

Specht received her Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from Emerson College and now teaches creative writing at St. Edwards University. Her shorter works have appeared in many publications, including SMU’s prestigious Southwest Review and the New York Times, and have received numerous awards, most notably the Richard Yates Short Story Award. She has also been a Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria.

Copies of Migratory Animals will be available for purchase at both events. For more information, please contact Cole Thompson, associate professor of English at McMurry, at 325-669-5776 or email

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