Writers Read Author Series 2014-15

Writers Read, sponsored by the language and literature department, is a special event featuring authors who read from and comment on their work. Dates, times, costs and locations are indicated below. (Map of EMU campusLehman Auditorium, Common Grounds, Campus Center)

March 12, 2015 … Vic Sizemore … 6:30 p.m. in Common Grounds, donation

Vic SizemoreVic Sizemore is a writer of short fiction and novels in which characters wrestle with what it means for them to be Christians in all the human messiness of life. He is also a prolific essayist, contributing frequently to the evangelical channel of Patheos.com.

Sizemore earned his MFA in fiction from Seattle Pacific University. His short stories are published or forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, Silk Road Review, Atticus Review, PANK Magazine Fiction Fix, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and Conclave. Excerpts from his novel The Calling are published in Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, Rock & Sling, and Relief. His fiction has won the New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, and been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading and a Pushcart Prize. Some of his short stories and chapters from The Calling are available on his blog.

Sizemore teaches at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA.

March 19, 2015 … George David Clark … 6:30 p.m. in the President’s Reception Room (University Commons 201), donation

(Photo by Matthew Hoover) Andrew Hudgins describes George David Clark’s Reveille, winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, as being "suffused with a fascinating postmodern sense of the sacred. In its elegant hesitations and lovely vacillations, this book stands on the side of revelation and reverence.” Steve Scafidi concurs: “Reveille seeks to wake us to the new world we find every morning—familiar somehow, but strange enough to fear. These poems point us to delight. To joy. They seek to guide us ‘like a compass locked on heaven.’ I trust this book. Clark is a poet of exquisite powers and Reveille is a pleasure and a pleasure and a pleasure.”

Clark has also published in the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Believer, Blackbird, Southwest Review, Yale Review as well as in a variety of anthologies and special series. Currently, he serves as a visiting assistant professor of literature and interdisciplinary honors at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana , where he held a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2012-2014. His other honors include the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Poetry at Colgate University, the Guy Owen Prize of the Southern Poetry Review, the 30 Below Prize of Narrative Magazine, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. The editor-in-chief of 32 Poems, he has also served on the staffs of Meridian, Virginia Quarterly Review, Iron Horse Literary Magazine, and the Best New Poets anthology.

Other Writers Read Info

Sign language is available upon request.

The opening Writers Read event in September will be held in Lehman auditorium at 8 p.m. Students with EMU ID admitted free; others $5.

The remaining four Writers Read events will be at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshment available. Donations accepted.

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