Pulitzer Prize winner visits WSU

The WSU Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts will present Pulitzer-Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler on Wed., March 7, as part of the Spring 2007 Visiting Writer Series. The reading will be held at the Fine Arts Auditorium at 7:30 p.m and is free.

Additional support is provided by the Museum of Art/WSU. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of BookPeople of Moscow, Idaho. For more information, contact Aimee Phan at (509) 335-7309 or aphan@wsu.edu.

Robert Olen Butler has published ten novels—The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, and Fair Warning—and four volumes of short fiction—Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and his most recent, Severance, from Chronicle Books.

A recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

His stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Zoetrope, The Paris Review, The Hudson Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, and The Sewanee Review.

He is the Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.