Kris Saknussemm is the author of eleven books that have been translated into 22 languages, including Zanesville and Private Midnight, which have become cult hits in Europe, and Reverend America. His play The Humble Assessment, which has been produced around the world, has recently been turned into a feature film. Kris will be sharing with the Salem State audience material from a work of creative nonfiction called Sea Monkeys, A Memory Book, published by Soft Skull Press. Originally from the Bay Area (where Sea Monkeys is set) he has lived much of his life overseas, in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Tonga. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Gallagher Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. He currently teaches at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Seattle University in the winter.