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Award-Winning Author to Read at Susquehanna

SELINSGROVE—Author Andrew Porter will read from his work as part of the 2009-10 Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by The Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. The reading will be held Oct. 1at 7:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Porter is the author of the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning short story collection, “The Theory of Light and Matter,” published in 2008 by the University of Georgia Press. The collection 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 long-listed 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. 

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.” 

A graduate of Vassar College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Porter is the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee’ Writers’ Conference and numerous fellowships, including the 2004 W.K. Rose Fellowship in the creative arts from Vassar College, a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener/Copernicus Foundation, an Iowa Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the University of Iowa and a Residency Fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. He also has earned an Artist Foundation of San Antonio award, the Glenna Luschei Award and a Pushcart Prize.

Porter’s fiction has appeared in One Story, Epoch, The Ontario Review, Prairie Schooner, The Antioch Review, Story Quarterly, The Threepenny Review, Other Voices, Story and “The Pushcart Prize Anthology,” among others. He also has had his work read on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” and had his work cited as one of the 100 Distinguished Stories of 2007 by Best American Short Stories. Currently, Porter lives in San Antonio, where he is an assistant professor of creative writing at Trinity University.

Andrew Porter is the first of six writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2009-10 school year. Books by Porter will be available for purchase and signing following the reading. The next reading will be given by Claudia Rankine, author of “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Nothing in Nature Is Private,” on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium.

For more information about programs sponsored by the Writers Institute and upcoming events, please visit www.susqu.edu/writers .

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 19 states and seven countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu

Karen M. Jones

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