Modern-day Poe and scholar Brian Evenson to speak at ISU

September 11 2006

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Called a modern-day Poe for his short stories which are both horrific and humorous, Brian Evenson, chair of the Literary Arts Program at Ivy-League school Brown University, is coming to the campus of Indiana State this week.

His first presentation of the week will be part of the ISU Department of English's Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series and has a scholarly focus -- "Possible and Impossible Words in 18th Century Prose." It will be at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 14 in Root Hall, Room A-264.

Listeners will be treated to excerpts from Evenson's award-winning fiction, including his most recent collection of short fiction, "The Wavering Knife," at "Always on Fridays" at 10 a.m., Sept. 15 in Root Hall, Room A-264.

Evenson, who holds a joint doctorate in English Literature and Critical Theory from the University of Washington, has received the International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Story Collection in 2005, an O'Henry Award, and numerous other honors. He is an active translator of French fiction, and his own works have been translated into French as well.

Both presentations are sponsored by the ISU Department of English and are free and open to the public.

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Contact: Doug Martin, assistant professor of English, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3157 or dmartin21@isugw.indstate.edu.

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Brian Evenson, chair of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University, is coming to the campus of Indiana State this week as part of the Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series and "Always on Fridays," hosted by the Department of English.

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