“Heading North by Holly Wendt, Visiting Writer”

Posted: January 27, 2024

By: English and Creative Writing, College of Arts and Sciences

Holly Wendt“Heading North” by Holly Wendt, Visiting Writer
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
STCN 210

Seattle University’s Creative Writing Program invites you to a literary afternoon of reading and conversation.

In Heading North, Viktor Myrnikov is on the brink of realizing his lifelong dream of playing for the National Hockey League when a catastrophic plane crash kills all of his former Russian teammates, including his secret boyfriend, Nikolai, shattering his plans—and his heart. In this skillfully plotted debut, readers follow Viktor as he navigates cultural and sexual divides, the gamesmanship of damaged relationships, and the dark corners of professional sports. In prose both tender and tough, Victor struggles to find solace and respect in a world that has denied him these things.

Holly M. Wendt is the author of Heading North (Braddock Avenue Books, 2023). They are a recipient of the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists from the American Antiquarian Society and fellowships from the Jentel Foundation and Hambidge Center. A 2023 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Wendt is a former Baseball Prospectus contributor and contributing editor for The Classical and serves as associate professor of English and creative writing at Lebanon Valley College.