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Award-Winning Author to Read at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE—Author Charles D’Ambrosio will read from his work as part of the annual Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference at Susquehanna University. The reading will be held Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

D’Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories, “The Point” (Little Brown & Co, 1995) and “The Dead Fish Museum” (Knopf, 2006), as well as “Orphans” (Clear Cut Press, 2005), a collection of essays. His work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story and A Public Space.

“Charles D’Ambrosio works a rich, deep, dangerous seam in the brokenhearted rock of American fiction,” said author Michael Chabon of D’Ambrosio’s “The Dead Fish Museum.” “His characters live lives that burn as dark and radiant as the prose style that conjures them, like the blackness at the center of the candle’s flame. No one today writes better short stories than these.”

A review in The Miami Herald also praised “The Dead Fish Museum”: “These evocative stories are dark and graceful, as deeply nuanced as novels. D’Ambrosio evokes lives of regret and resignation, and there’s never a false note, only the quiet desperation of souls seeking the elusive promise of redemption.”

D’Ambrosio has received numerous awards for his work, including a Lannan Foundation Fellowship and a Rasmuson Fellowship. In addition, he has been awarded a James Michener Fellowship at the University of Iowa and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. His first collection, “The Point,” was a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. After the release of “The Dead Fish Museum,” D’Ambrosio received the Whiting Award and the Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. In addition, the collection was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Born in the Pacific Northwest, D’Ambrosio earned his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he has since been a visiting faculty member. D’Ambrosio also has served as an instructor at the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. He currently resides in Portland, Ore.

D’Ambrosio is the fourth of six writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2009–10 school year as part of the Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the Writers Institute. Books by D’Ambrosio will be available for purchase and signing following the reading. The next reading will be from Bernard Cooper, author of “Maps to Anywhere” and “Guess Again,” on March 25 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 36 states and 13 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 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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