West Virginia University is hosting a free public reading by award-winning nonfiction author Brenda Miller at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Gold Ballroom at the Mountainlair.

A reception and book signing will follow. The event, sponsored by the WVU Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

Miller, the 2006 Virginia Butts Sturm Writer in Residence at WVU , will also meet Tuesday, Oct. 23, through Thursday, Oct. 25, with 12 WVU students who were selected for the Sturm Workshop through a campuswide writing competition. The workshop participants include graduate and undergraduate students.

Miller, an associate professor of English at Western Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review, pennedSeason of the Body,a collection of nonfiction essays. The essays, published in 2002 by Sarabande Books, have appeared in such periodicals as The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner and Fourth Genre.

Miller has won many awards for her nonfiction, including four Pushcart prizes. Two of her writings have been featured as notable essays in The Best American Essays series, andSeason of the Bodywas a finalist for the PEN American Center Book Award.

Our students are really looking forward to working with Professor Miller,said James Harms, professor of English at WVU and coordinator of the WVU Creative Writing Program.She is both an excellent teacher and compelling writer, and were lucky to have her here for an entire week.

The following students were invited to participate in the 2007 Sturm Workshop: Sarah Beth Childers of Huntington; Ann Claycomb, Deanna Hoard, Renee Nicholson, Sarah Scotti-Einstein and Elissa Hoffman of Morgantown; Lori DAngelo of East Liverpool, Ohio; Heather Mercer of Maumee, Ohio; Rachel Rosolina of Hampton, Tenn., Ami Schiffbauer and Megan Taylor of Fairmont; and Emily Watson of Indianapolis.