WMU News

Award-winning nonfiction writer gives reading

Oct. 16, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Award-winning nonfiction writer Robin Hemley will present a reading of his work at Western Michigan University at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall.

A reception in the Knauss Hall lobby will follow and books by the author will be available for sale by Athena Bookstore. Sponsored by the Department of English, the reading is free and open to the public.

Hemley, who wrote a popular book on writing titled "Turning Life into Fiction," is also the author of two story collections, "All You Can Eat" and "The Big Ear," as well as a novel, "The Last Studebaker." His most recent work, a memoir titled "NOLA," won the Washington State Governor's Award and the Independent Press Book Award. Among his other awards are two Pushcart Prizes, Story Magazine's Humor Prize and the Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from the Chicago Tribune. His stories have been heard on National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts" and "The Sound of Writing" programs. He is currently writing a book for Farrar, Straus and Giroux on a purported anthropological hoax that took place in the Philippines.

Hemley teaches creative writing at Western Washington University and also is a faculty member in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Vermont College. In the spring of 2001, he will be the Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University.

For more information on the event, contact Julie Stotz-Ghosh at (616) 373-9212 or <x92stotz@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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