March 18, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bret Anthony Johnston will give a fiction reading on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Stadler Center for Poetry.

Internationally acclaimed
Johnston is the author of the internationally acclaimed Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent of London and The Irish Times.

The collection also received the Southern Review's Annual Short Fiction Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Texas Institute of Letters' Debut Fiction Award, the Christopher Isherwood Prize, the James Michener Fellowship, and was shortlisted for Ireland's Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, "the richest short story prize in the world."

Creative writing director
Director of creative writing at Harvard University, Johnston also is the editor of Naming the World, an interactive writing book with contributions from acclaimed authors and teachers including Richard Bausch, Elizabeth McCracken, Ann Packer, Tom Robbins, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margot Livesey.

His work appears in magazines such as The Paris Review, Oxford American, and Tin House, and in anthologies such as New Stories from the South: The Year's Best 2003, 2004, and 2005, Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards.

A graduate of Miami University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. In 2006, the National Book Foundation honored him with a new National Book Award for writers under 35.

He has written essays for Slate.com and NPR's All Things Considered, and he’s been a skateboarder for almost 20 years.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted March 18, 2008

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