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.

Michael Martone is an ingenious writer, by turns clever and profound, funny and poignant,said Mark Brazaitis , director of the creative writing program in WVU s Department of English .

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.

The WVU Department of English and Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring the reading.

For more information, contact Brazaitis at 304-293-9707 or ” rel=nofollow> .