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Award-Winning Writer Ben Marcus to Give Reading at Bard College on Monday, September 28

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer Ben Marcus will read from new work at Bard College on Monday, September 28. The New Yorker has described Marcus’s writing as “a dizzying reimagination of our relationship to language,” and the Library Journal noted that Marcus’s “highly original work will appeal to ambitious readers who enjoy Joyce, Beckett, and other writers who confound our assumptions about language and perception.” Marcus, who is an associate professor in Columbia University’s Writing Program, will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, which is being presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction course, is free and open to the public and takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Conjunctions, Harper's, The Paris Review, The Believer, the New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time, Nerve, Black Clock, Grand Street, Cabinet, Parkett, The Village Voice, Poetry, and BOMB. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and for several years he was the fiction editor of Fence. He has recently served as the guest fiction editor for Guernica magazine. He is a 2009 recipient of a grant for innovative literature from the Creative Capital Foundation. In 2008 he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has also received a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and a fiction fellowship from the Howard Foundation of Brown University, where he taught for several years before joining the faculty at Columbia.

For more information about the reading, call Michael Bergstein at 845-758-1539.

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This event was last updated on 09-16-2009