September 22 , 2006

Visiting Writer Askew To Bring ‘Mesmerizing’ Prose To Samford

"... Publishers Weekly described Askew's prose as 'mesmerizing, saturated with the rhythms of the prophets and patriarchs'..."

Fire in Beulah, by Rilla AskewNoted author Rilla Askew will speak at Samford at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 9. The event, part of the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education Visiting Writers Series, is open to the public and free-of-charge. Publishers Weekly described Askew's prose as "mesmerizing, saturated with the rhythms of the prophets and patriarchs."

Askew's short story collection Strange Business received the Oklahoma Book Award in 1993.  Her first novel, The Mercy Seat, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award in 1998. Her novel Fire in Beulah received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the Myers Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.  Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary magazines, and her story "The Killing Blanket" was selected for Prize Stories 1993: The O. Henry Awards. In 2004, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.

Born and reared in Oklahoma, where her three books are set, Askew graduated from the University of Tulsa and earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Brooklyn College.  She has taught creative writing at Brooklyn College, the University of Oklahoma, Syracuse University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Askew currently lives in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York with her husband, actor Paul Austin.

The event will take place in Divinity North Room 302. Follow the link below for a campus map.

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