Matt Cashion, UWL Professor of English, is the author of two novels, How the Sun Shines on Noise (2004) and Our 13th Divorce (forthcoming). His short story collection, Last Words of the Holy Ghost, won the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize. The book is currently a finalist in Foreward Reviews 2015 Indiefab Book of the Year Awards. Kirkus Reviews calls it, "A sublime collection that uses compassion and subtle humor to capture heavy moments in lives lived on the margins." Born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia, Cashion earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. He has worked as a reporter, a short order cook, a bartender, a piano mover, and as an airport tollbooth attendant. He has been teaching Creative Writing (and a few other things) at UWL since 2006.
As part of the College of Letters and Sciences "Creative Imperatives" symposium, the English Department is hosting an evening at the Root Note. Monday night, 2/29, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM (115 4th Street, La Crosse).
Leading off at 7:00 will be student contributors to The Catalyst reading works from the latest issue.
At 8:00, we're excited to welcome Wisconsin Naturalist and author Jill Sisson Quinn. Jill's essays have appeared in Ecotone, Orion, and OnEarth. Her essay "Sign Here if You Exist" was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011. You may have heard her on Public Radio's Wisconsin Life, where she is a regular guest contributor. Jill will read recent work, including selections from her memoir Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan.
Please consider coming out in support of literature and creative writing at UW-L! We'll hope to see you there!
Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities — Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 Public Reading: 6 p.m. | 141 Wimberly Hall Literary Craft Discussion: 3:55-5:20 p.m. | 326 Wimberly Hall
Sponsored by the UWL Department of English, with assistance from the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Institute for Social Justice.
In telling the story of his own accidental “coming of age,” English professor Bradley Butterfield’s fictitious narrator “Bradley Butterfield” tells the stories of a whole cast of lovable, if fallible, characters from his childhood and of the Denver he grew up in from the dawn of disco to the Reagan era. Idiot Boys is a relentlessly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and ultimately philosophical look at the particular idiocy of boys and the universal stupidity of man. Each chapter, or “Exhibit,” represents a rough archetype of idiot boy behavior and a stage in young Butterfield’s quixotic quest to figure himself out and become the hero of his own movie.Butterfield’s narration meanders between every phase of his youth, from pre-school to his first semester in college, but there turns out to be a method in this seeming madness as it builds to a gut-wrenching climax involving repressed memories surrounding his mother’s death and the inevitable dissolution of those childhood friendships he thought would last forever.
The UW-L English Department is pleased to host a reading by Charlotte Boulay, a young poet who is touring with her first book, published by WW Norton. Her poems are smart and accessible, and the evening promises to be a really great art experience--hearing poems in the Fine Arts Center main floor gallery! Hope you'll take the time to review the material below, bring a poem of Charlotte's into your classes, and make it out in support of contemporary literature!
As part of the English Department's 2014-2015 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series English Department faculty member Matt Cashion will present a sneak preview of his short story collection, Last Words of the Holy Ghost, which won the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, judged by Lee K. Abbott, and will be published this November by the University of North Texas Press. This colloquium will provide an advance glimpse of the twelve diverse stories that make up the collection, as well as a brief discussion of the stories behind the stories—what inspired them, how they evolved through the process of revision, and how they came together to form a book that found itself (somewhat surprisingly, according to the author) the recipient of a national prize. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-785-8295.