Author Gary Fincke to speak Nov. 7
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Penn State Altoona will present author Gary Fincke on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 7 p.m. in rooms 101-103 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Fincke is the Writers Institute Director and Charles Degenstein Professor of English and Creative Writing at Susquehanna University. Winner of the 2003 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the 2003 Ohio State University/The Journal Poetry Prize, and the 2010 Stephen F. Austin Poetry prize for recent collections of stories and poems, he has published twenty-three books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, most recently The History of Permanence (poems, Stephen F. Austin, 2011) a memoir, The Canals of Mars, from Michigan State in 2010, The Fire Landscape (poems, Arkansas, 2008), Standing around the Heart (poems, Arkansas, 2005), Sorry I Worried You (stories, Georgia, 2004), and Amp'd: A Father's Backstage Pass, a nonfiction account of his son's life as a rock guitarist in the band Breaking Benjamin (Michigan State, 2004).
Fincke's poems, stories, and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Harper's, Newsday, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, American Scholar, and Doubletake, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR.. Twice awarded Pushcart Prizes for his work, recognized by Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize series, and cited twelve times in the past fourteen years for a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays, Fincke’s essay "The Canals of Mars" was reprinted in The Pushcart Essays, an anthology of the best nonfiction printed during the first twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize volumes.
His fifth collection of stories, The Proper Words for Sin, was published by West Virginia University in April. A novel, How Blasphemy Sounds to God, will appear in February, 2014.
This event, sponsored by Penn State Altoona's English program, is free and open to the public.