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Prof. Tom Chiarella on Faculty for 69th Writers' Conference at IU

May 26, 2009

Tom Chiarella Star 2008-2.jpgMay 26, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "The annual Writers' Conference at Indiana University Bloomington, now celebrating its 69th year, will welcome eight nationally renowned writers to Bloomington," including Tom Chiarella, visiting professor of creative writing at DePauw University and writer-at-large and fiction editor for Esquire magazine, according to an announcement today. The weeklong festival of classes, workshops and readings will take place June 14-19. Chiarella will serve on the faculty for the conference and present a free reading on Tuesday, June 16.

Other faculty members for the event include poets Thomas Lux and David Trinidad; novelist Julia Glass; Aracelis Girmay, a poet and author of fiction and essays; short story writers Manuel Muñoz and Danit Brown; and fiction writer Alyce Miller, who will join Chiarella for the June 16 reading.

Past conference faculty members include Gwendolyn Brooks, John Crowe Ransom, Madeleine L'Engle and Raymond Carver. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once described the IU Writers' Conference as "the most respectable writers' conference that I know of."

IU's announcement says that, in addition to Esquire, Chiarella's "work has also appeared in the New Yorker, Story, Golf Digest, O: The Oprah Magazine, Travel and Leisure Golf, Links, Forbes.com and elsewhere. He's the author of three books: a collection of stories (Foley's Luck, 1992), a writer's guide (Writing Dialogue, 1997) and a collection of golf writings (Thursday's Game, 2004)."

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Tom Chiarella and several colleagues at Esquire were recently recognized with a 2009 National Magazine Award for "The Esquire Almanac of Steak," which appeared in the September 2008 issue. The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) presented the awards April 30 in New York City. Detauls can be found in this story.

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