Harriet Levin Millan will read from her new book, How Fast Can You Run: a novel based on the life of Michael Majok Kuch on May 8 at 7pm. Five-year-old Majok fled his village when the government in the North of Sudan ordered attacks against the South. Along with thousands of other refugees, Majok trekked through war zones and wilderness to a series of refugee camps where he would live for the next ten years. Michael Majok Kuch attended high school, college and graduate school in Philadelphia. He was a featured Lost Boy of Sudan in the PBS documentary, Dinka Diaries.
Harriet Levin Millan is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is the author of two books of poetry and one forthcoming. She's won book awards from Barnard New Women Poets, The Poetry Society of America and the PEW Fellowship in the Arts. Originally excerpted in the Kenyon Review, her debut novel, How Fast Can You Run: a novel based on the life of Michael Majok Kuch, is a 2017 Charter for Compassion Global Read. She teaches Creative Writing at Drexel University and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University.
“The refugee is the hero of our time... Harriet Levin Millan tells the epic story of a single refugee, the indomitable Michael Majok Kuch, and she gives song to them all.” —Ken Kalfus