Contemporary Writers Series

Brock Clarke headshotBrock Clarke

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
7 p.m. Reading
Grupp Fireside Lounge

Brock Clarke grew up in Little Falls, NY, earned an undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, and received his PhD in American literature from the University of Rochester. He is the author of a novel, The Ordinary White Boy (Harcourt 2001), and two short-story collections, What We Won't Do (Sarbande 2002), which won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and Carrying the Torch (University of Nebraska Press 2005), which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. His second novel, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, published by Algonquin Books, will be available September 2007. His work has been published and anthologized in many magazines, including New Stories from the SouthGeorgia Review,New England ReviewSouthern ReviewFive Points, and The Believer. Currently, he teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Web Resources

An Arsonist’s Guide…Webpage 
Short Story: “The Pity Palace”
Short Story: “The Price of the Haircut”
Short Story: “Plowing the Secondaries”
March 9, 2007
September 29, 2005
July 7, 2004
Summer 2003

Jim Daniels headshotJim Daniels

Thursday, February 7, 2008
7 p.m. Reading
Grupp Fireside Lounge

A native of Detroit, MI, Jim Daniels received his degrees from Alma College and Bowling Green State University. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Places/Everyone (University of Wisconsin Press), which won the Bittingham Prize for Poetry, Show and Tell: New and Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the 2004 Paterson Poetry Prize, and Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies(Eastern Washington University Press), winner of the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. His short-story collections are No Pets and Detroit Tales. He has also edited or co-edited a number of anthologies, including Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race and American Poetry: The Next Generation. His awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has one forthcoming book of poetry - In Line for the Exterminator (Wayne State University Press) - and one forthcoming short-story collection, Mr. Pleasant (Michigan State University Press). Daniels has also written the screenplays for two independent films, No Pets and Dumpster, which he also produced. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where he is the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.

Web Resources

Michigan Writers Series Biography
Poem: “Wheels”
Poem: “The Tenured Guy”
Short Story: “Closing Costs”
Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies Review
Blessing the House Review
February 17, 1998

Sebastian Barry headshotSebastian Barry

Fifth Annual Hassett Reading
Thursday, March 6, 2008
7 p.m. Reading
Montante Cultural Center

Irish playwright, novelist, and poet Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. His plays includeBoss Grady’s Boys, winner of the BBC/Stewart Parker Award, The Steward of Christendom, which has won numerous awards and been produced internationally, Our Lady of Sligo, joint winner of the Peggy Ramsay Play Award, and Hinterland, which premiered in 2002. His latest play is Whistling Psyche. Barry’s poetry collections include The Water-Colourist and Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever. He is also the author of three novels: The Whereabouts of Eneas McNultyAnnie Dunne, and A Long Long Way, which was short-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He lives in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Web Resources

British Council Arts Webpage
The Guardian Article 
Penguin Reading Guide: A Long Long Way
Penguin Reading Guide: The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty
A Long Long Way Review
September 2005
July 3, 2005
April 10, 2005

Heid E. Erdrich headshotHeid E. Erdrich 

Thursday, April 10, 2008
6 p.m. Reading
Montante Cultural Center

Heid E. Erdrich’s poetry collections are National Monuments, forthcoming from Michigan State University Press, The Mother’s Tongue (Salt Publishing), and Fishing for Myth (New Rivers Press). She also co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community (Minnesota Historical Society Press). Her awards include a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a Bush Leadership Fellowship, and Mentor of the Year, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, she was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Her degrees are from Dartmouth College and The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. Erdrich has taught writing for 20 years, including five years leading the annual Turtle Mountain Writers Workshop on her home reservation in North Dakota. She recently became curator of Ancient Traders Native Art Gallery in Minneapolis.

Web Resources

Native Wiki Webpage
Voices from the Gaps: Women Artists and Writers of Color Website
Essay: “Beauty Sleep”
The Mother’s Tongue Excerpts
The Mother’s Tongue Review
Fishing for Myth Review