Fiction author gives reading as part of BU’s Big Dog Reading Series

BLOOMSBURG – Fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins will read from her works as part of Bloomsburg University’s 2013-2014 Big Dog Reading Series at 7 p.m. Monday at the Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

A finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, Watkins’ latest work “Battleborn” was named a best book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Flavorwire and NPR. In 2012, Watkins was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011 and New Stories from the Southwest 2013.

A visiting assistant professor at Princeton University, Watkins is the co-director of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. For more information on Watkins, see

Bloomsburg University’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and the English department sponsor the Big Dog Reading Series. Other readings include a faculty reading in February, memoirist and poet Nick Flynn in March and a student reading in April. For information, contact Jerry Wemple, professor of English, at