Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series

Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series



2/25/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University English Department has set its Spring 2014 Reading Series that will feature a poetry reading by Kathy Fagan on March 17, a nonfiction reading by Tom Larson on March 31 and a fiction reading by Lee Martin on April 7.

All three readings will take place in the Ronk Lecture Room of the Dwight Schar College of Education and are free and open to the public. The readings will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Kari Lindecamp at 419.289.5110 or at

Kathy Fagan is the author of four collections of poems, most recently “Lip” (2009). Work from her new manuscript, “Sycamore,” appears in publications such as FIELD, Poetry, Ninth Letter and The Awl, among others. She is the recipient of grants from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Fagan teaches in the MFA Program at Ohio State University, where she also serves as series editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize. More information is available at



Tom Larson, who is a journalist, critic and memoirist, is the author of three books: “The Sanctuary of Illness,” “The Saddest Music Ever Written” and “The Memoir and the Memoirist.” He is a staff writer for the San Diego Reader, and he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction at Ashland University. Larson is available to speak about his new book about his heart disease and to hold workshops on “Writing About Illness.” His monthly series, “The Social Author,” is running at Guernica.



Lee Martin is the author of the novels, “The Bright Forever,” a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; “River of Heaven; Quakertown”; and “Break the Skin.” He also has published three memoirs, “From Our House,” “Turning Bones” and “Such a Life.” His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper's, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at Ohio State University.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###