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UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series features author Ben Fountain Oct. 11

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Author Ben Fountain
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(Oct. 7, 2013) -- The Creative Writing Program in The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of English will present author Ben Fountain as the featured speaker in the Fall 2013 Creative Writing Reading Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

A lawyer by trade, Fountain resigned his position with a Dallas law firm to write fiction full-time. His first book, "Brief Encounters with Che Guevara," is a collection of stories that earned him the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Whiting Writers Award.

His first novel, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," is a satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq that explores the national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. The book is being made into a major motion picture and has received numerous awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and the Flaherty-Duhman Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It also was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Fountain also provided reports from Haiti after the earthquake for the public radio program "This American Life."

Additional accolades include the Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award, the Pushcat Prize, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the O. Henry Award.

A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Fountain received his law degree from Duke University in 1983. Currently, he is the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University.

For more information, visit the UTSA Creative Writing Program website.

 

 

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Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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