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Visiting Writers - Fall 2008

 

NonFiction Writer
Rich Cohen

Wednesday September 17
7:30 PM
Peeler Auditorium

Rich Cohen is the author of several great nonfiction books, including Sweet and Low, Lake Effect, The Avengers, Tough Jews, and his forthcoming book, Israel, Israel, which he calls the story of the Jews as if it were a biography of a person.”

Cohen's also a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone magazines, and is a regular contributor to Harpers and The New Yorker.

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Writer
Michael Martone

Wednesday, October 1
7:30 PM
Peeler Auditorium

Michael Martone

"Michael Martone's short fiction combines remarkable originality...with a keen eye, deadpan humor, and an amused, massively knowledgeable obsession with his native Indiana." --John Barth
Michael Martone is the author of seven works of fiction, including Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler's List, The Blue Guide to Indiana, and Double-Wide, a new book of his collected fiction. His collections of non-fiction include The Flatness and Other Landscapes and Unconventions: Attempting the Art of Craft and the Craft of Art.

 

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GLCA Award Winning Poet
Lynne Thompson

Tuesday, October 14
7:30 PM
Peeler Auditorium

Winner, Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award
“In Lynne Thompson’s new collection, Beg No Pardon, the poems move from precise reflections on childhood to the rights of passage of young adult years, and then on to all the days of joy and despair, solitude, longing, and self-knowledge that follow in a life richly lived and acutely observed. Thompson is a poet who revels in language — that ‘house of many pleasures.’ Like the ‘one good eye’ of her ‘Unworshipped Woman,’ this collection delights, ‘it flash -’ ” —Natasha Trethewey

 

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Photo by Nancy Crampton

Fiction Writer
Dagoberto Gilb

Thursday, November 6
7:30 PM
Peeler Auditorium

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Dagoberto Gilb’s new novel, The Flowers (Grove Press, 2008), is the story of Sonny Bravo, a young Mexican-American who comes of age falls in love while sweeping the decks of an apartment building named The Flowers, where he has come to live when his mother remarries. The Flowers is a commanding story about the confused divisions that separate neighbors and the want for love that transcends age, race, and time. Gilb is the author of Gritos, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Woodcuts of Women, The Magic of Blood, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acua, and the editor of Hecho in Tejas: An Anthology of Texas American Literature. His essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Essays.