Published on April 6, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Author Donald Ray Pollock
Author Donald Ray Pollock

Author Donald Ray Pollock will read his work at Samford University April 11 as part of the  BACHE Visiting Writers Series. The reading, in the Howard Room of University Center, will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with audience Q&A, book signing and reception.

Pollock was born and raised in rural Ohio and worked for more than 30 years at the Mead Paper Corporation before completing a B.A. and M.F.A. degree in writing. He followed his acclaimed 2008 collection of short stories, Knockemstiff, with the 2011 novel The Devil All the Time. A second novel, The Heavenly Table, will be published this summer.

Pollock’s writing is vivid and gritty, set in the landscape with which he is so familiar. He does not shy away from controversial subject matter or topics; his writing viscerally describes a world that many may wish to avert their eyes from. But his writing is skillful, offering realistic snapshots of a troubling but recognizable cast of characters.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.