Michael Martone will be reading at the Hammes Bookstore on October 7th, 7:30 pm, along with Joyelle McSweeney, Kelcey Parker and Valerie Sayers, in celebration of Winesburg, Indiana: A Fork River Anthology (2015). Winesburg, Indiana is “an anthology of short fiction by multiple authors [that] creates a town through its characters,” (Kirkus Reviews).
The reading is free and open to the public and we hope to see you all there!!!
Michael Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. Martone’s books include “Winesburg, Indiana” (co-edited with Bryan Furuness), “Four for a Quarter”, “Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover”, “Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins”, a collection of essays, and “Double-wide”, his collected early stories, “Michael Martone”, a memoir in contributor’s notes, “Unconventions”, “Writing on Writing”, and “Rules of Thumb” (edited with Susan Neville). Martone has won two Fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
Joyelle McSweeney is a poet, playwright, novelist, critic, and current director of the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame. Her books include “The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults” (2015), “Dead Youth, or, the Leaks” (2014),
“Salamandrine: 8 gothics” (2013), “Percussion Grenade” (2012), “Nylund, the Sarcographer” (2007), “Flet” (2007), “The Commandrine and Other Poems” (2004), and “The Red Bird” (2001). Her play “Dead Youth, or, the Leaks” won the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights. She is the co-founder of “Action Books” and “Action, Yes,” a press and web-quarterly dedicated to international writing and hybrid forms.
Kelcey Parker directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend. She is the author of “Liliane’s Balcony”, a silver award winner for the IPPY, Foreword, and Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her story collection, “For Sale By Owner”, won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. She is also the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
Valerie Sayers is a professor of fiction in the MFA Program and the University of Notre Dame, and is the author of six novels: “The Powers” (2013), “Brain Fever” (1996), “The Distance Between Us” (1994), “Who Do You Love” (1991), “How I Got Him Back, or, Under the Cold Moon’s Shine” (1989), and “Due East” (1987). “Brain Fever” and “Who Do You Love” were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year,” and the 2002 film “Due East” is based on her first two novels. Sayers is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship.