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Novelist Geoffrey Becker is next in Frostic Series

Sept. 29, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Gwen Frostic Reading Series continues with novelist Geoffrey Becker reading from his works Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University.

Becker is the author of a novel, "Bluestown" (St. Martin's Press, 1996), and a book of short stories, "Dangerous Men" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995), which won the 1995 Drue Heinz Prize as well as the 1996 GLCA New Writers Award for best first book of fiction. His story "Black Elvis" was selected by E.L. Doctorow for The Best American Short Stories 2000. He has held James Michener, Heekin, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Becker teaches at Towson University, where he directs the graduate program in professional writing. He has been a visiting professor of creative writing at Emory University, Colorado College, Colgate University and the University of Arizona.

Fall 2006 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 20, poet Malena Morling
Oct. 4, novelist Geoffrey Becker
Oct. 18, essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate
Nov. 8, poet Li-Young Lee
Nov. 29, novelist and playwright Len Jenkin
Dec. 6, novelist and essayist Liesel Litzenburger

All readings are Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at arnie.johnston@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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