Award-winning journalist and author scheduled for Midland engagement

For those looking for insight from a successful young professional, award-winning journalist, and esteemed novelist, not to mention networking opportunities--and lunch-- the Midland-based business group MYPros has just the right event coming up May 23.

MYPros, or Midland Young Professionals, has scheduled a MYPros Luncheon with Portland, Oregon-based writer Rebecca Clarren. Members and non-members alike are welcome at the lunch and networking event.Portland, Oregon-based award-winning author Rebecca Clarren

"We are excited to hear from a very successful young professional," says Melissa Farley, director of the Innovation Center & Small Business at the Midland Business Alliance.

"As an award-winning journalist and author, we are very excited to hear Rebecca’s story."

MYPros is a talent development and retention division of the Midland Business Alliance, which itself is a hub for Midland-based businesses and talent attraction.

Clarren first made her name as an investigative journalist that specializes in topics of the American West. Her work includes reports on tribal members, rural communities, immigrants and more. Publications she has appeared in include Mother Jones, The Nation, and

Among her accolades are the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and nine grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Clarren recently published her first novel, KICKDOWN. The novel has been Shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and named a "35 over 35" best debut book of 2018.

The Washington Post called KICKDOWN, "An impressive debut...a moving evocation."

The MYPros Luncheon with Rebecca Clarren is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center in Midland. Tickets are $15 for MYPros members and $25 for non-members.

Visit the Midland Business Alliance online for tickets and registration.

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