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REED VISITING WRITERS SERIES OPENS WITH KAREN JOY FOWLER

Reed College's visiting writers series for fall 1998 begins on Thursday, September 17, at 8 p.m. in the psychology auditorium with a reading by Karen Joy Fowler, recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction writer. All visiting writers events, sponsored by the Reed College English department, are free and open to the public; for more information call the Reed events hotline at 777-7755.

The schedule for the remainder of Reed's visiting writers fall season follows. All readings are held at 8 p.m. in Reed's psychology auditorium.

Thursday, September 17
karen joy fowler
Born in Indiana and raised in California, Karen Joy Fowler began to write after earning two degrees (at Berkeley and UC Davis) in political science, marrying, and having two children. In 1987, she won the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction writer. Her books include two collections of short fiction, Artificial Things (Bantam) and Black Glass (Holt, 1998), and two novels: Sarah Canary (Holt), which won a Commonwealth Award for best first novel by a Californian and was a New York Times notable book in 1991, as well as The Sweetheart Season (Holt, 1996), also a New York Times notable book. She teaches in both Cleveland and at Stanford and is working on a third novel, which takes place in San Francisco in the 1890s.

Thursday, October 1
tom mcneal
Tom McNeal was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in creative writing at Stanford University. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Redbook, and numerous periodicals, and have been anthologized in Best of the West, Pushcart, and the O. Henry Prize Stories, among other places. His first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska, was published this spring by Random House and will appear from Vintage Contemporaries in paperback. He lives in Fallbrook, California.

Thursday, October 15
fred leebron
Currently teaching at Gettysburg College, Fred Leebron has taught at Johns Hopkins, Iowa, and Stanford; his stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Grand Street, Ploughshares, North American Review, TriQuarterly, and Flash Fiction. He is author of the novel Out West, co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology, and co-author of Creating Fiction, a guidebook for fiction writers. He has received many awards for his writing, including a Fulbright, a Stegner Fellowship, a Henfield Foundation Transatlantic Review Award, a James Michener Award, and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Thursday, October 29
Karl kirchwey
Karl Kirchwey is the author of three collections: A Wandering Island (Princeton University Press, 1990, recipient of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America); Those I Guard (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1993); and The Engrafted Word (Henry Holt, 1998). His work has been widely anthologized and acknowledged by awards such as the 1994 Rome Prize for Literature, from institutions that include the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill, and Guggenheim Foundations. His current work in progress based on Euripides' Alcestia received the 1997 Paris Review prize for poetic drama. He directs the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in Manhattan and has taught at Smith College and Columbia University.

Thursday, November 12
erin mcgraw
Erin McGraw, who teaches at the University of Cincinnati, is the author of the award-winning 1996 Lies of the Saints (Chronicle Books) and the 1989 Bodies At Sea (University of Illinois Press). Her short stories and essays are widely published in such places as The Georgia Review, Atlantic Monthly, North American Review, and Kenyon Review. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, McGraw's work has also been recognized by fellowships and honors from the MacDowell colony, the Pushcart Prize, the Ohio Arts Council, Yaddo, and elsewhere.