Reminder: Stringer Series to feature essayists Biss, Bresland tonight and tomorrow

The A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will feature public readings by prominent non-fiction writers, Eula Biss and John Bresland this week in conjunction with the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival.

Biss will appear at 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her second book of essays, Notes from No Man’s Land. Her work has also been recognized by a Pushcart Prize, a Jaffe Writers’ Award, and a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library.  Biss, who teaches creative writing at Northwestern University is currently working on a new book about myth and metaphor in medicine with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, and an NEA Literature Fellowship.

Bresland will appear at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center. He is an essayist who works in film, radio and print, teaches creative writing at Northwestern University and serves as the film editor of TriQuarterly. His essays can be viewed at Blackbird and Ninth Letter, read in Brevity and North American Review and heard occasionally on public radio.  He was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Tamarack Award for fiction.

Both events are sponsored by the College of Arts and Media as part of the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival, which is taking place through Friday, March 6. Visit for more information on the month-long celebration of 21st-century art and expression.


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