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Author to map imagination as first ABR speaker

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Aug. 30, 2016 at 10:21 p.m.
Updated Aug. 31, 2016 at 6 a.m.

Peter Turchi is the first presenter in the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review reading series.

Peter Turchi is the first presenter in the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review reading series.   Contributed by UHV for The Victoria Advocate

Peter Turchi will be the inaugural speaker Thursday for the 11th year of the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Reading Series.

At his reading, Turchi will give an illustrated talk based on "Maps of the Imagination" called "The Virtues of Getting Lost."

In "Maps of the Imagination," Turchi discusses writing through the metaphor of map making. The talk is about the notion of patience with departing from goals, he said.

"Instead, tolerate some amount of anxiety, discomfort or exploration that may feel like getting lost, but hopefully will lead somewhere," Turchi said.

He is the author of six books, has co-edited three anthologies and has received a Guggenheim

Fellowship and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship.

Turchi teaches creative writing and nonfiction and fiction writing at the University of Houston.

Previously, he served as director of the Master of Fine Arts in writing programs at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., and Arizona State University in Tempe.

"I am looking forward to talking to the students down in Victoria," Turchi said. "I haven't been down there before, so it will be a new experience."


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