August 30, 2016
Gary Fincke, Charles Degenstein professor of English and creative writing, will read from his poetry collection Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems, published by Stephen F. Austin University, at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. The event is free to the public, and copies of the book will be on sale after the reading.
Fincke is the winner of the 2003 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the 2003 Ohio State University/The Journal Poetry Prize, the 2010 Stephen F. Austin Poetry Prize, and the 2015 Elixir Press Fiction Prize for recent collections of stories and poems. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, Newsday, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares and American Scholars, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR. He has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes for his work, recognized by Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize series, and cited 14 times in the past 17 years for a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays. He has published 30 books of poetry, short stories and nonfiction, including his recent memoir, Vanishings.
Michael Waters, author of Gospel Nights, said that "Bringing Back the Bones showcases essential and enduring work." Fleda Brown commented that "Gary Fincke's poems, over decades, are so utterly alive ... that I come away reeling, heart beating faster, grateful for Fincke's flawless control of the line. And grateful to have this selection from his many books, to hear his generous voice continues to build its music."
Rodney Jones, author of Imaginary Logic, commented on Fincke's new collection, saying "Gary Fincke writes a poetry of abiding generosity, of true feeling and thought. His is an essential American voice."
Fincke founded the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University in 1993. The publication of this volume of selected poetry from over the course of Fincke's long and prolific career is a milestone that the institute is proud to celebrate. Fincke will retire from teaching in December.