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September 25, 2009
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Acclaimed author to visit as part of series

Andrew Porter, award-winning author, will read from his book of short stories as a part of the 2009-10 Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the Writers' Institute. The reading will be held Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

Porter is the author of "The Theory of Light and Matter," the Flannery O'Connor Award-winning short story collection, published in 2008 by the University of Georgia Press.
Gary Fincke, professor of English and director of the Writers' Institute, spoke highly of Porter's fiction.

"Two years ago, I had the opportunity to judge the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction," Fincke said, "and it was a pleasure to find a manuscript that impressed me even when I went back to it several times. [C]hoosing one collection from among several hundred is difficult, especially when there are about six or eight left that seem extraordinary. Andrew Porter's manuscript was that one. 'The Theory of Light and Matter' is full of excellent, emotionally engaging stories from beginning to end."

A graduate of Vassar College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Porter is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the 2004 W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts from Vassar College, an Iowa Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the University of Iowa, a Residency Fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, an Artist Foundation of San Antonio Award, the Glenna Luschei Award and a Pushcart Prize.
Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Gilead," describes Porter's fiction as "thoughtful, lucid and highly controlled. It is especially striking for the strong consistency of vision that is achieved in every story. He has the kind of voice one can accept as universal--honest and grave, with transparency as its adornment."

In addition, "The Theory of Light and Matter" received Foreword Magazine's 2008 Book of the Year Award for Short Fiction, was a finalist for both The Steven Turner Award and the Paterson Prize, was longlisted for The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was selected by both The Kansas City Star and The San Antonio Express-News as one of the Best Books of 2008.

Porter has also had his work read on National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts" and had his work cited as one of the 100 Distinguished Stories of 2007 by Best American Short Stories.

Porter currently lives in San Antonio, where he is an assistant professor of creative writing at Trinity University.

Porter's reading is free and open to the public. Books by Porter will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.

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