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Katherine Hill, an assistant professor of English at Adelphi University, is set to publish her second novel, titled A Short Move.

Katherine Hill, an assistant professor of English at Adelphi University, is set to publish her second novel, titled A Short Move.

Hill teaches creative writing and literature to undergraduate and MFA students at Adelphi. Her writing has been awarded fellowships from the New York Public Library, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Corporation of Yaddo.

A Short Move is the story of Mitch Wilkins, a football player destined for greatness. From an inauspicious start in rural Virginia to the glamorous, ferocious heights of the NFL, his life unfolds across the stories of those who accompany him: his Vietnam veteran uncle, his patient working mom, an ambitious girlfriend, a talkative young teammate, a billionaire team owner and others. As Mitch and his family struggle to find meaning within a relentlessly incentive-driven, forward-moving life, they routinely collide with each other and with the limits of their own power.

“The book has benefited enormously from conversations with my colleagues in Adelphi’s English department, and from the support of former interim Provost Sam Grogg, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice President Steve Everett, DMA, Assistant Provost for Global Affairs Susan Briziarelli, PhD, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Vincent Wang, PhD,” said Hill. “The book simply wouldn’t have been possible without the release time and research funds they granted me. My students inspired me, too, because they kept me thinking about craft and form even when I wasn’t writing.”

Hill’s upcoming book has already been featured in Booklist, ELLE, Publishers Weekly and The Millions.

In addition to A Short Move, Hill is also the author of The Violet Hour, a novel, and co-author of The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism.

A Short Move is set to be released on June 16 by Ig Publishing, a New York-based, award-winning independent press dedicated to publishing original literary fiction and progressive political nonfiction.

Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn is sponsoring Hill’s first reading from the novel on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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