Reading series announces spring lineup of authors
Jan. 27, 2018 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2018 at 10:30 p.m.
The Spring 2018 University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Reading Series began Thursday and will continue with four more authors.
"The American Book Review is honored to bring these talented individuals to UHV and the community," said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences, and ABR editor and publisher. "Each of these people bring an exciting, individual perspective on specific topics or the world as a whole. I look forward to hearing each of their presentations."
The visiting authors will read selections from their work followed by a question-and-answer session. Most of the readings will begin at noon in the Alcorn Auditorium inside UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.
Matt Bell's reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the UHV Center for the Arts, 204 N. Main St.
All of the events are free and open to the public.
Authors scheduled for the UHV/ABR Fall Reading Series are:
Lacy M. Johnson, a Houston-based artist, curator, professor, activist and author of the memoir "The Other Side," kicked off the series Thursday.
Carlin Romano, March 1 - Romano is a professor of philosophy and humanities at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. He is best known for his book, "America the Philosophical," a 672-page overview of the United States as a philosophical culture. The New York Times Book Review, in a front-page review, called it "ambitious . convincing . an encyclopedic survey of the life of the mind in the United States."Romano joined the Ursinus faculty in 2010 after a long career in both literary journalism and philosophy. As a journalist, Romano served as book editor and then book critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, and he is the editor of and a contributor to Philadelphia Noir, a volume of 15 original short stories in the acclaimed Akashic Noir series. He is writing a book about the force and influence of Asian philosophies in the 21st-century globalized world.
Debra Di Blasi, March 22 - Di Blasi is the author of six books, including "Prayers of an Accidental Nature," "The Jiri Chronicles" and "Drought & Say What You Like," which won the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award. She recently completed a flash fiction collection and a hybrid memoir that was a finalist in Four Way Books' Larry Levis Poetry Prize and a semifinalist in Seneca Review's Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Award. Her writing has appeared in The Iowa Review, Triquarterly, Notre Dame Review, Pleiades, The Collagist, New South, Kestrel, Wigleaf, The Los Angeles Review, Chelsea, Boulevard and Virga, among others, and in notable anthologies of innovative writing. She is a former publisher, educator and art columnist.
Matt Bell, April 12 - Bell is the author of the novels "Scrapper" and "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods" as well as the short story collection "A Tree or a Person or a Wall," a nonfiction book about the classic video game "Baldur's Gate II" and several other titles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he teaches in the creative writing program at Arizona State University.
Michael Joyce, May 3 - Joyce's 13 books include seven novels, most recently "Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden," a collection of poetry titled "A Hagiography of Heaven and Vicinity," two book-length poetic sequences titled "Biennial" and "Paris Views," a mixed collection of media essays and short fiction from SUNY and two influential collections of essays about digital media from the University of Michigan Press. Some of his hypertext fictions include "On the Birthday of the Stranger" in the inaugural edition of Evergreen Review online as well as "Twilight, A Symphony" and "Twelve Blue." His first print novel, "The War Outside Ireland," won the Great Lakes New Writers Award.
ABR is a nonprofit, internationally distributed literary journal published six times a year. It began in 1977, moved to UHV in 2006 and has a circulation of about 10,000. The journal specializes in reviews of works published by small presses.
Authors will be available after each reading to sign copies of their books. Each author also will meet with students and attend a community reception.
For more information about the UHV/ABR Reading Series, call the ABR office at 361-570-4101 or go to americanbookreview.org.