|CCC and ENMU Presidents Co-Author Op-Ed|
Drs. Becky Rowley and Steven Gamble, presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, respectively, co-authored an editorial in Sunday's Clovis News-Journal and Portales News-Tribune about the importance of Bond C to Curry and Roosevelt Counties.
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Prof's New 'Dark' Novel is Oprah Top 10 Pick
photos and story by Shantiana White
Eastern New Mexico University assistant professor of English Stefan Kiesbye will read from his second novel, “Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Golden Library.
The novel was a Top 10 pick in the October issue of Oprah Magazine.
There will be refreshments and a story-hour for children in a nearby room. The public is invited.
“Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone” tells the story of four adolescents who live in a village on the Devil’s Moor and encounter dark secrets.
The first English novel he wrote was “Next Door Lived a Girl,” about a gang of five adolescent boys in Northern Germany that find a mentally challenged young girl and try to take care of her, but end up putting their own lives in danger.
“A lot of teenagers are interested in reading dark things, maybe because of the mundane world of everyday life,” said the creative writer.
At www.stefankiesbye.com, he explains his books in detail.
“Teaching is what we are trained to do, outside of writing, because writing doesn’t always pay the bills,” said the author with a laugh.
Professor Kiesbye first came to the United States on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Program. He intended on staying one year at the State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y., but decided to get his master’s in American Studies.
His English professor and poet, Irving Feldman, influenced him by making him curious about creative writing. Mr. Kiesbye then attended the University of Michigan where he received his Master’s of Fine Arts in creative writing.
“The best advice I can give is to find out what you’re interested in by writing a lot and learning through trial and error,” said the English professor.
He moved from Long Beach, Calif., and is enjoying his time at ENMU teaching creative writing.
“I love it; I’ve been able to meet a lot of fun people,” said the assistant professor.
This semester, he is teaching two composition courses and a creative non-fiction writing course.
“It’s exciting to find new writers and students that get into writing and later turn into serious writers,” said Professor Kiesbye.
Before coming to the United States, he participated in a morning radio program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where he interviewed guests from the entertainment industry.
Also, he received his undergraduate degree at a university in Germany.
The German native has been in the United States for 16 years. His wife, Sanaz, is an event coordinator for a California company.
They have two Chinook dogs, Dunkin and Nozomi, and he enjoys running with them. They have recently taken in Kurt, a Shepherd mix stray dog, and are trying to find him a home.
Portales is different from Long Beach because it is a very relaxed place where no cars try to run over pedestrians who are walking their dogs, said Kiesbye.
“I also love to travel. Once you start traveling, you find out the world isn’t a scary place.”
He would like to travel back to Japan and stay there a few months. “Traveling is a long-term project that never really stops,” said Professor Kiesbye.
Your House is on Fire, Your Children all Gone is now in the Campus Bookstore. It retails for $15; the ENMU employee price is $12.
|Ride the Tiger!|
No Shortage of Bacon on Campus – Chase Tillman of the Physical Plant hammed it up on this wild boar for almost eight sizzling seconds while hogging the camera's attention. (photo by Ted Fares)
|Looking Back at 2012 Homecoming|
|College of Education VOICES Carnival
(photos by Wanda Newberry, Minh Tran, Dan Dozier, )
|Friday Night Alumni Reception in Zia Room
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
(photos by Josh Lucero and )
(photos by Josh Lucero and Wendel Sloan)
|Educator Hall of Honor Banquet at Yam Theatre
(photos by Dan Dozier)
|Thursday's Rock Awareness
(photos by Shantiana White)
|Get Your Bond C Yard Sign|
If you would like a Bond C yard sign, stop by the Information Desk in the Administration Building. For more information, contact Betsy Chavez at 562.2133. (photo by Wendel Sloan)