Rebecca Minder, Publicist
For Immediate Release
Creative Campus and UA Press to Host
Powerhouse Writers Martone and Olsen
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (April 2012)— The University of Alabama Press and Creative Campus will host two award-winning FC2 writers at a reading April 17, 2012, at 205 Gorgas Library on The University of Alabama campus. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Michael Martone is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at The University of Alabama, where he has taught since 1996. Before that, he taught at Syracuse University, Iowa State University, and Harvard University. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Martone studied at Butler University in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English. He is also a graduate of The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. Martone is the author of several books of short fiction and has edited collections of essays about the Midwest. He won the Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction in 1998 for a collection of his own essays. Martone’s most-recent book is Four For a Quarter: Fictions.
Lance Olsen received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He is the author of more than ten novels. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies. Olsen has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and N.E.A. and Guggenheim fellowships. He has also served as the governor-appointed Idaho Writer-in-Residence. Olsen currently teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Fiction Collective Two. He is Fiction Editor at Western Humanities Review. Olsen’s most recent book is Calendar of Regrets.
The University of Alabama Press, celebrating more than 65 years of fine publishing, is one of the largest and fastest-growing publishers in the South. It publishes between 70 and 75 books a year in archaeology, military history, Judaic studies, literary criticism, communication, sports, Civil Rights, religion, southern history, and regional topics.
A student-centered arts advocacy organization, Creative Campus is dedicated to building relationships that will serve as a voice for the cultural arts. Since its inception in 2005, students have suggested that the Creative Campus is an unprecedented attempt to broaden the scope and to deepen the experience of arts, culture, and creativity through collaboration, cohesion, and connectivity.
Founded in 1974, Fiction Collective Two (FC2) is one of America’s best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities.