USI’s fall RopeWalk Visiting Writers Reading Series begins September 8


The fall 2011 RopeWalk Visiting Writers Reading Series will include free public readings by Lee Martin, Nicole Louise Reid, Alix Ohlin, and Annam Manthiram. Each reading will begin at 5 p.m. in USI’s Carter Hall in University Center West and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Lee Martin
Thursday, September 8
Lee Martin is the author of The Bright Forever, Quakertown, The Least You Need to Know, River of Heaven, From Our House, and Turning Bones. His work had appeared in Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. Martin is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the novel The Bright Forever. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. Born in southeastern Illinois, Martin currently teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Ohio State University.

Nicole Louise Reid
Thursday, October 6
Nicole Louise Reid is the author of the novel In the Breeze of Passing Things, fiction chapbooks Girls and If You Must Know, and a new story collection So There! Her award-winning short stories have appeared in Southern Review, Other Voices, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, and Meridian. She is the winner of the 2011 Burnside Review Fiction Chapbook Competition and the 2010 Dana Award in short fiction. Reid is an associate professor of English at USI where she is editor of RopeWalk Press, fiction editor of Southern Indiana Review, director of the RopeWalk Reading Series, and faculty advisor of FishHook.

Alix Ohlin
Thursday, October 20
Alix Ohlin is the author of The Missing Person and Babylon and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Short Stories, and on National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts” Program.

Annam Manthiram
Thursday, November 10
Annam Manthiram is the author of the novel After the Tsunami and the short story collection Dysfunction, which was a finalist for the 2010 Elixir Press Fiction Award and received Honorable Mention in Leapfrog Press 2010 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Cream City Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Pank, and more. Manthiram holds a Master of Arts degree in writing from the University of Southern California and is the associate editor of Grey Sparrow Journal.

Publications by these authors are available for purchase at the USI Bookstore and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

Presented by USI’s College of Liberal Arts, the RopeWalk Visiting Writers Reading Series is made possible through the support of RopeWalk Writers Retreat, Southern Indiana Review, USI Society for Arts & Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, and USI Student Writers Union.

For more information, contact Reid at 812/464-1916.