Ashland University English Department Sets Annual Spring Reading Series

3/16/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University English Department has set the Spring 2011 Reading Series that will include a fiction reading on April 4, a poetry reading on April 11 and a creative nonfiction reading on April 18.

All three readings will take place in Room 138 of the Dwight Schar College of Education and are free and open to the public. Readings begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments at 5:30 p.m.

Richard Bausch, who will be reading fiction on April 4, is past chancellor of The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He currently serves as The Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at The University of Memphis. A Georgia native, he is the author of 11 novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels "Rebel Powers," "In The Night Season," "Hello To The Cannibals," "Thanksgiving Night," and "Peace"; and the story collections "Spirits," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "The Stories of Richard Bausch," "Wives & Lovers: 3 Short Novels," and the most recently "Something is Out There."

His novel, "The Last Good Time," was made into a feature-length motion picture that was directed by Bob Balaban. An acknowledged master of the short story form, Bausch's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize Stories. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and, for "Peace," the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
On April 11, Jared Smith, the author of nine volumes of poetry, will be reading poetry. His latest volume, "Grassroots," was a finalist in the Richard Snyder Poetry Competition before being published by Wind Publications (KY) in 2010. His "Looking Into The Machinery: The Selected Longer Poems of Jared Smith" was also released in 2010, by Tamarack Editions (PA.) His poems have been adapted to stage at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and in Chicago. He is on the Advisory Board of The New York Quarterly, past contributing editor to Home Planet News, and a regular guest editor for The Pedestal Magazine. His poems, essays, and commentary have appeared in Kenyon Review, Poet Lore, New York Quarterly, The Smith, Rhino, Home Planet Review, Small Press Review Confrontation, Big City Lit, Beloit Poetry Journal, Coe Review, The Pedestal, and hundreds of others here and abroad. New York Quarterly Books will be publishing The Complete Collected Poems of Jared Smith in the next year.

On April 18, author Kim Dana Kupperman will be reading creative nonfiction. Kupperman is the author of the award-winning essay collection "I Just Lately Started Buying Wings. Missives from the Other Side Of Silence" (Graywolf Press, 2010), which received the 2009 Bakeless Prize in Nonfiction.

Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and has been reprinted in several anthologies, including "Best American Essays 2006" and "An Ethical Compass: Coming Of Age In The 21st Century." Honors include fellowships at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop in 2010; a literature fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2009; and a scholarship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Center for Book Arts in 2008. The founder of Welcome Table Press, a nonprofit independent press dedicated to publishing and celebrating the essay in all its forms, Kupperman works as managing editor/conference coordinator of The Gettyburg Review and teaches at Fairfield University's low-residency MFA program.

For more information regarding the series, please contact Kari Repuyan at 419.289.5110 or at krepuyan@ashland.edu<mailto:krepuyan@ashland.edu>.