Stringer Series to feature essayists Biss, Bresland next week

The next two author appearances in the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will feature public readings by Eula Biss and John Bresland on Marshall’s Huntington campus. The two events are offered in conjunction with the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival.

EulaBissBiss will appear at 8 p.m. 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. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at Northwestern University. She 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. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction.

JohnBreslandBresland 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. He 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. His work has been anthologized in Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time as well as The Fourth Genre, an anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction. He was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Tamarack Award for fiction. Bresland holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.

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


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