WMU English professor, author next in Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Contact: Mark Schwerin

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The last presentation in the Fall 2014 Gwen Frostic Reading Series will feature one of Western Michigan University's own.

Dr. Richard Katrovas, professor of English, will read from his works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Rooms 208-209 of the Bernhard Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Photo of Dr. Richard Katrovas


Richard Katrovas

Katrovas is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and is the author of 14 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Katrovas was on a Fulbright fellowship and a writer-in-residence at the University of Ljubljana when he witnessed the Velvet Revolution on a visit to Prague.

His latest book, "Raising Girls in Bohemia: Meditations of an American Father," was released this fall and is described as a "memoir in essays." In it, Katrovas explores his unsettled childhood and the impact it has on his role as a falther to his daughters as well as the effect of that relationship on the way he sees the world. Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder calls "Raising Girls in Bohemia" "a potent, fascinating book."

Katrovas has taught for 20 years, first at the University of New Orleans and, since 2002, at WMU. His other books include "Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems." His poems, stories and essays have appeared in many leading literary journals and anthologies.

About the series

The Frostic Reading Series presents acclaimed creative writers from across the nation and beyond. Every year, a diverse range of readings that encompasses poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama attract both campus and off-campus audiences.

For more information, visit wmich.edu/english/events/frostic.html.

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