An award-winning author whose work runs the gamut of fiction, nonfiction, essays and memoirs will give a public reading at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at West Virginia University .
Michael Martone whoseThe Flatness and Other Landscapeswon the 1998 Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfictionwill sign copies of his books following the reading in the Mountainlair Gold Ballroom.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Martone is a prolific writer whose works includeRacing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins,a book of essays;Double-wide,a collection of early fiction;Michael Martone: Fictions,a memoir; andThe Blue Guide to Indiana,a travel book of Midwest landscapes. He has also penned five short fiction books and three chapbooks (pocket-sized booklets).
He is a contributing editor of essays and anthologies, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. He has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Pushcart Prize.
Martone is an English professor at the University of Alabama and formerly taught at Syracuse, Iowa State and Harvard universities.
He earned a bachelors degree in English from Indiana University in 1977 and a masters degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University in 1979.