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February 22, 2008
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Writer's series to present short story author

Steve Yarbrough will read as part of The Writers Institute's Visiting Writers Series at Susquehanna at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

Yarbrough's reading will launch an annual series endowed by a gift from Susquehanna alumna and Board of Trustees member Sue Yenchko.

Yarbrough is the author of several novels and collections of short stories, including "Prisoners of War," "The Oxygen Man," "Visible Sprits," "Veneer" and, most recently, "The End of California."

"The End of California" is artfully crafted, sensitive and observant, with characters who stick with you," said Charles Matthews of San Jose Mercury News, "But what makes it really shine is the undercurrent of thoughtfulness about who we are and what we're becoming, [as Loring, Mississippi] becomes a kind of microcosm for the cultural divisions and moral ambiguities of contemporary America."

Born in rural Mississippi, Yarbrough earned his Master's at the University of Arkansas.
He then taught for four years at Virginia Tech before taking his current position as a creative writing professor at California State University in Fresno.

"Steve Yarbrough's reading is a wonderful opportunity to honor Sue's gift to the Writers Institute," said Gary Fincke, who has directed the program since its inception in 1993.

"His depiction of place and its effects on characters is masterful."

Yarbrough is the fifth of six writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2007-08 school year.

The reading is free and open to the public. Books by Yarbrough will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.

The next reading hosted by the Writers Institute will be given by editor and author Enid Shomer at the launch of the 2008 RiverCraft magazine at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

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