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December 13, 2012

Butler announces spring Visiting Writers Series lineup

INDIANAPOLIS — Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, pop-culture essayist Chuck Klosterman and poet Albert Goldbarth will be among the featured speakers in Butler University’s spring 2013 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.

All events in the series are free and open to the public without tickets. For more information call 317-940-9861.

Klosterman will begin the spring series Jan. 31 in the Reilly Room. He’ll be followed by poet Major Jackson on Feb. 4, poet/novelist Laura Kasischke on Feb. 27, Egan on March 20, Goldbarth on April 1, and bestselling author Julianna Baggott, who also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode, on April 17.

More about the speakers:

• Chuck Klosterman, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Atherton Union Reilly Room. Klosterman is The New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs”; “Eating the Dinosaur”; and “The Visible Man,” and also writes The Ethicist column for The Times. His debut book, “Fargo Rock City,” was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club, and ESPN, and he now writes about sports and pop culture for Grantland.com.

• Major Jackson, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. Jackson is an American poet, professor and the author of three collections of poetry: “Holding Company” and “Hoops,” both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and “Leaving Saturn,” winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.

• Laura Kasischke, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Clowes Memorial Hall Krannert Room. Poet/novelist Kasischke teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry include “Wild Brides,” “Fire and Flower,” “Dance and Disappear,” “Gardening in the Dark,” “Lilies Without,” and “Space, in Chains,” which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Kasischke has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Juniper Prize, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award, the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Rilke Poetry Prize from the University of North Texas. She has also won several Pushcart Prizes, as well as received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Kasischke’s novels include “Suspicious River,” “White Bird in a Blizzard,” “The Life Before her Eyes (which was made into a movie starring Uma Thurman),” “In a Perfect World,” and “The Raising” (2011).

• Jennifer Egan, 7:30 p.m. March 20, Atherton Union Reilly Room. Egan won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. She is the author of “The Invisible Circus,” a novel which became a feature film staring Cameron Diaz in 2001, “Look at Me,” a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001, “Emerald City and Other Stories,” and “The Keep,” which was a national bestseller. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s and other magazines.

She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her non-fiction articles appear frequently in The New York Times Magazine.

• Albert Goldbarth, 7:30 p.m. April 1, Robertson Hall Johnson Board Room. Acclaimed for its dense, expansive form and linguistic energy, Goldbarth’s poetry covers everything from historical and scientific concerns to private and ordinary matters. A prolific writer, he has published more than a dozen collections of poetry — including two National Book Critics Circle Award winners (Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology and Saving Lives) — a handful of essay collections, and a novel.

Goldbarth has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poetry has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2008 he was awarded the Mark Twain Poetry Award from the Poetry Foundation. Goldbarth has taught for many years at Wichita State University, where he is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities.

• Julianna Baggott, 7:30 p.m. April 17, Robertson Hall Johnson Board Room. A critically acclaimed bestselling author, Baggott has published 18 books over the last 10 years, including the bestseller “Girl Talk,” “The Madam,” and “The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted” for adult readers, and “The Anybodies Trilogy” and “The Prince of Fenway Park” for younger readers. She also has published three collections of poetry, including “Lizzie Borden in Love.”

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Here & Now. For two years, her alter-ego, N.E. Bode was a recurring personality on XM Radio. She teaches at Florida State University, and is co-founder of the nonprofit Kids in Need — Books in Deed, getting free books to underprivileged kids in Florida.

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