Visiting writer will share his Midwest voice tonight

MartoneVisiting Writer Michael Martone will share his Midwest voice when he presents “Brooding Over the Moon Over Wapakoneta” tonight during a BGSU premiere arts event.

Martone, a professor at the University of Alabama, will read from his recent books “Brooding” and “Moon Over Wapakoneta” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has won two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His stories have won awards in the Italian-Americana fiction content; the Florida Review Short Story Contest; the Story magazine Short, Short Story Contest; the Margaret Jones Fiction Prize of Black Ice Magazine, and the first World’s Best Short, Short Story Contest. He also wrote “Winesburg, Indiana,” “Four for a Quarter,” “Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover;” “Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins,” a collection of essays; and “Double-wide,” his collected early stories.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Wolfe Center lobby, the English department and its Creative Writing program will host a hypertext novella demonstration by new faculty member Dr. Jackson Bliss, creative writing activities by Dr. Lawrence Coates, and information tables for Mid-American Review and Prairie Margins. The evening’s events are free and open to the public.

Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8495 before the event.