Monday, January 25, 2010

Reading with Dan Chaon

Indiana University's English Department and MFA Program
A Reading by Dan Chaon

Where: Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Center
When: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Time: 7:00pm

Dan Chaon is the author, most recently, of the national bestseller Await Your Reply, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Janet Maslin of the New York Times, and Laura Miller of, as well as being named among the year's best fiction by such newspapers as The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune.

Dan is also the author of the short story collection Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, and the novel You Remind Me of Me. Dan's fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dan lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing and Literature.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's Here!

The Winter 2009 Issue is here! featuring work by Michael Martone, Eugene Gloria, Peter Selgin, Mary Miller, Richard Jackson, our 2009 Poetry Prize Winner Tom Christopher, and many, many more!
The poems will be sure to delight you, the nonfiction will thrill you, and the fiction will get this curious rabbit issue delivered to your doorstep by ordering online or if your a local dropped by BH 465 to pick up your very own copy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don Belton

On December 27th 2009, Don Belton, a much loved member of the Creative Writing faculty here at IU, was brutually murdered. Don was an incredibly generous man, a talented intellectual, and a gifted writer. Words are inadequate to describe the sense of loss and sadness that his students, colleagues, friends, and family feel. He will be greatly missed.

I feel fortunate to have worked closely with Don this past semester. I would spend hours in his office, sitting on the sofa, laughing, listening to jazz and marveling at the hundreds of books that lined the walls. I will always remember the advice he gave me. He had a way of zeroing in on exactly what wasn't working in a draft and explaining the problem in the most original way possible. He once told me that I didn't yet understand a phrase I had written to describe a character. On one of the last stories of mine that he read, he told me that fiction was a poker game and I needed to work on my bluff. And he was right every time. I feel that I am a better writer and a better reader because of Don and I thank him for that.

More information regarding this tragdey can be found here:

If you are in Bloomington, please join us for Don's memorial service this Friday, January 15th at 5 p.m. at the Uniterian Universalist Church, 2120 N Fee Lane (for directions please visit