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Lectores series at University of Tampa to feature National Book Award winner

National Book Award winner Denis Johnson will be the star presence at the University of Tampa's 2013 Lectores series, which begins Thursday.

The free author reading series is the public element of UT's low-residency program for a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. The program, now in its second year, combines two intensive 10-day sessions on campus each year with individual long-distance mentoring to allow students to earn an MFA in about two years.

The program has drawn an impressive faculty, and the eight-day Lectores series offers the larger community a way to connect with those writers.

Johnson won the National Book Award in 2007 for his Vietnam War-era novel Tree of Smoke, and his 2011 novella Train Dreams was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He will give the official opening reading of the series on Friday, and a staged reading of his play Psychos Never Dream on Saturday will be followed by a discussion.

Other authors reading in the series include Jessica Anthony (Chopsticks), Amy Hill Hearth (Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society), Ben Lerner (Leaving the Atocha Station), Tony D'Souza (Mule) and Enid Shomer (The Twelve Rooms of the Nile). A publishing panel will feature Eli Horowitz, a literary new media producer, and Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of the New Yorker.

Meet the authors

The University of Tampa's Lectores series presents eight nights of discussions and readings by acclaimed authors, followed by book signings. All events are free and begin at 7 p.m. For information, go to ut.edu/mfacw/lectores.

Thursday: Poets Arielle Greenberg (Home/Birth) and Ben Lerner (Mean Free Path), Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Friday: Novelist Denis Johnson (Train Dreams) and poet Erica Dawson (Big-Eyed Afraid), Vaughn Center, UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.

Saturday: Staged reading by A Simple Theatre of Denis Johnson's Psychos Never Dream, with a discussion by Johnson and Creative Loafing editor David Warner, Jaeb Theatre, David A. Straz Performing Arts Center, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa.

Jan. 6: Publishing panel with literary new media producer Eli Horowitz and New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman, Vaughn Center.

Jan. 7: Fiction writers Jessica Anthony (Chopsticks) and Jason Ockert (Rabbit Punches), Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd.

Jan. 8: Fiction writers Mikhail Iossel (Every Hunter Wants to Know) and Enid Shomer (The Twelve Rooms of the Nile), Vaughn Center.

Jan. 9: Novelists Terese Svoboda (Bohemian Girl) and Tony D'Souza (Mule), Falk Theatre.

Jan. 10: Novelists Tibor Fischer (Good to Be God) and Amy Hill Hearth (Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society), Falk Theatre.

Lectores series at University of Tampa to feature National Book Award winner 12/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 3:31am]

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