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Tommy Zurhellen ('99)

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Tommy Zurhellen (’99, M.A., English) spent a lot of time writing on the front steps of Old Main, working on short stories for a class taught by former English Professor Robin Hemley (now the director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa).

“One of those stories, ‘Special Delivery,” was my first published story, in 2000 in Carolina Quarterly,” writes Zurhellen. “As you can imagine, most of the story takes place on a set of steps.”

Books: “Apostle Islands,” (Atticus Books, 2012) and “Nazareth North Dakota,” (Atticus Books, 2011), both gold medal winners at the Independent Publisher Awards.

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