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Author Fincke to Read From New Work at Susquehanna University

Published on March 26, 2013

Gary Fincke, Susquehanna University’s Charles B. Degenstein professor of English and creative writing and director of the school’s Writers Institute, will read from his recently published short story collection, “The Proper Words for Sin,” in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium on April 8 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.Gary Fincke

In the collection of 11 short stories, published by West Virginia University Press, Fincke brings into focus the small struggles of ordinary people. Set against extraordinary events such as the Three Mile Island accident, the Challenger Disaster and the Kennedy assassination, the stories personalize history by juxtaposing large and small tragedies, and the unflinching desire to find insight within and redemption from weakness and shortcomings.

This, his fifth book, follows his Flannery O’Connor Prize–winning collection “Sorry I Worried You.”

Specializing in creative writing, Fincke teaches introductory and advanced workshops in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. He also oversees independent writing projects, practicums and internships for creative writing majors.

The acclaimed author and professor has published 24 books of poetry, short fiction and nonfiction. His work “The History of Permanence,” published in 2011, won the Stephen F. Austen Poetry prize. In addition, Fincke is the winner of the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry Magazine, the Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, and has received seven fellowships for creative writing from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His poems, stories and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Harper's, Newsday, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, American Scholar and Doubletake. Twice awarded Pushcart Prizes for his work and cited 10 times in the past 12 years for a Notable Essay in “Best American Essays,” Fincke had his prize-winning essay "The Canals of Mars" reprinted in “The Pushcart Essays,” an anthology of the best nonfiction printed during the first 25 years of the Pushcart Prize volumes. His story “The Blazer Sestina” won the George Garrett Fiction Prize, and other recent stories have been cited in “Best American Stories,” the O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prize volumes. His essay “Cemeteries” was awarded the Lewis Prize for Nonfiction from the magazine Weber Studies.

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