Thursday Reading: Matt Olzmann and Debra Spark

University Park, TX

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Matt OlzmannMatthew Olzmann’s first book of poems, Mezzanines, was selected for the 2011 Kundiman Prize and is forthcoming from Alice James Books (April 2013). His poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, The Kresge Arts Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently, he serves as the poetry editor of The Collagist and teaches in the undergraduate writing program at Warren Wilson College as the 2012-2013 Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow.

Books: Mezzanines

Debra SparkDebra Spark is the author of four books of fiction, including most recently The Pretty Girl, a collection of stories about art and deception, and the novel Good for the Jews. She is also the author of Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing and editor of the anthology Twenty Under Thirty. Spark’s work has appeared in Esquire, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Yankee, The Washington Post, Maine Home + Design, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is the recipient of several awards including a NEA fellowship, a Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for Best First Book. She is a professor at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She currently lives with her husband and son in North Yarmouth, Maine.

Books: Good for the Jews, The Pretty Girl, Curious Attractions

There will be a reception at 6:00pm at DeGolyer Library.

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