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Latest book from UW-Madison alum Suhr, ‘Nothing to Lose,’ now available

January 03, 2019

Alumna Kim (Hlavacek) Suhr's collection of short stories, “Nothing to Lose,” was released in December.

Suhr earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education and English from UW-Madison in 1987.

The book was released by Cornerstone Press, a student-staffed publishing company at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Nothing to Lose book cover“Nothing to Lose” features characters carved out of the Wisconsin landscape and it showcases a region full of real people who are less than perfect, plagued with doubts and always reaching.

"Suhr doesn't invent characters; rather she channels them," author Sandra Scofield, a National Book Award finalist, says in a news release about the new book. "She finds a perfect balance between the plainspoken thoughts of her unlikely heroes and the exquisitely chiseled prose of her own voice."

A resident of Wales, Wis., Suhr is also the author of "Maybe I'll Learn: Snapshots of a Novice Mom" and the director of Red Oak Writing in southeastern Wisconsin, where she teaches youth camps, leads writers' roundtables and provides manuscript critiques.

Her work has appeared in Midwest Review, Solstice Literary Magazine and others, and she is on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Writer's Association. She holds a master's degree in fiction from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College in Boston, where she was the 2013 Dennis Lehane Fellow.

Suhr was the keynote speaker at the UW-Stevens Point High School Writers' Workshop, where she led participants through a close reading and discussion of "Deer Camp," a story from the collection. In March 2019, she will sit on a panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) discussing undergraduate teaching presses.