Lycoming to host award-winning author
The Lycoming College English department will present a reading by visiting writer Larry Woiwode at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall as a part of its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series. The event is free and open to the public.
Woiwode is the author of 15 books, including “Beyond the Bedroom Wall,” which sold more than one million copies and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Harpers, GQ, The New York Times and Paris Review, and he has had two dozen stories published in The New Yorker. His writings have been included in four volumes of “Best American Short Stories” series and his work has been translated into a dozen languages.
Woiwode, who has been the Poet Laureate for North Dakota since 1995, is a Guggenheim fellow, a Lannan fellow and a U.S. State Department traveling artist. He was awarded the Medal of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for “distinction in the art of short story” and has received the William Faulkner Foundation Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, the Aka Khan Prize and the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.
His most recent work, “Words for Readers and Writers,” was published on April 30 of this year. About the collection of essays, G.W. Hawkes, English professor and co-director of creative writing at Lycoming, said, “A book on craft, yes, but more a book on living, Larry Woiwode’s ‘Words for Readers and Writers’ in my library sits between Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Mystery & Manners’ and John Gardner’s ‘On Becoming a Novelist.’ Not since O’Connor has a writer put the reader in such comfortable and uncomfortable places at the same time.”
The Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing is an endowed fund created by Lycoming alumna Diane Sweeney. Income from the endowment is used to bring distinguished writers in residence and practitioners to the college to address topics related to creative writing. Its goal is to promote discussion and exploration among students, faculty and the community.