Award-Winning Writer Larry Woiwode To Visit

Great Author Also a Man of Deep Christian Conviction

for immediate release March 31, 1998

A leading American fiction writer and the poet laureate of North Dakota, will read from his works at Abilene Christian University Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. The presentation, in Room 117 of the Biblical Studies Building, is free and open to the public.

Larry Woiwode, whose fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and Harper's, will spend the day on the campus, conducting a workshop for the English faculty and discussing his craft with creative writing students. The student question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. in the McGlothlin Campus Center Living Room is also open to the public.

A recognized novelist for almost three decades, Woiwode is the recipient of the William Faulkner Foundation Award for his 1969 novel "What I'm Going to Do, I Think." His novel "Beyond the Bedroom Wall" was nominated for the National Book Award in 1976. Woiwode has also received the Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts & Letters for "distinction in the art of the short story."

ACU's writer-in-residence, Al Haley, says, "Unlike many modern writers, Larry Woiwode actually has something to write about: the land, people who live on it, and faith. He writes about these things with great eloquence and feeling. One of the things I like best about Larry Woiwode is how he reaches out to the ghosts of his ancestors, the people who persevered in the face of hardship and settled some of the most rugged parts of this country. He imaginatively discovers the lessons of faith and character they left behind."

Dr. Darryl Tippens, the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English at ACU, adds: "Woiwode's visit to our campus is especially appreciated because one of his premier short stories appears in our new freshman English anthology, 'Shadow & Light.' His visit was designed to coincide with our first semester to teach out of the new collection which includes Woiwode's works. Many of our students are already familiar with Woiwode's fiction, at least minimally. We believe students will enjoy meeting this talented man of letters."

Woiwode's evening lecture is sponsored by ACU's Center for Christian Writing, the ACU English Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the ACU Faculty Development Committee. For more information, contact the Department of English at 674-2263.

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