By Kimberly Yennaco and Sandy Sprague

On Thursday, February 23, the Creative Writing department of Salem State University held the first Writer’s Series Event of the semester. Writers Matthew Salesses and Margot Livesey shared excerpts from their fiction with the crowd in Marsh Hall.

Matthew Salesses began the event by reading from his latest novella, The Last Repatriate, a post-Korean War story about Teddy Dickerson, a POW returned to America, and his personal and political struggles to re-adapt to life after the war. Salesses chose to read a romantic scene between the main character and his wife Kate.

Inspired by a true story, Salesses originally wrote The Last Repatriate as a screenplay with hopes of turning it into a movie. Writing a screenplay, Salesses said, is very “formulaic” and he wanted to avoid that formula when transitioning the story into a novella. “[The story] is so large and has…

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