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Monday, April 26, 2010

Taft Co-Sponsors the Ohio Festival of the Short Story

Short story writers from Edgar Allan Poe to Jhumpa Lahiri are read and loved both inside and outside the classroom. Yet the short story is the stepchild of American publishing, passed over in favor of its more marketable sibling, the novel.

To redress this imbalance, The Cincinnati Review at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati, hosts The Ohio Festival of the Short Story on May 7-8, 2010.

The Festival brings together noted authors, editors, and scholars to celebrate and discuss the short story. It features public readings and a discussion with noted Ohio authors Donald Ray Pollock, Margaret Luongo, Nancy Zafris, and Lee K. Abbott (bios below).

Formal panels and casual breakout sessions will address various aspects of short story craft and scholarship. Festival participants can enjoy the singular pleasures of the short story while learning something new.

As Festival co-organizer Peter Grimes notes, "The Ohio Festival of the Short Story presents a unique opportunity for individuals of diverse groups—academics and the community at large, scholars and creative writers—to come together to discuss narrative's oldest form."

All events are free and open to the public. Click for more information and a schedule.

About the Authors

A native of Knockemstiff, Ohio, Donald Ray Pollock is author of Knockemstiff, which won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Award and the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Award for Fiction. Knockemstiff has been published in England, Italy, and France. Margaret Luongo is author of If the Heart Is Lean and a professor of creative writing at Miami University. Her stories have been published in Tin House, The Cincinnati Review, and Jane. Nancy Zafris is author of Flannery O’Connor Award-winner The People I Know as well as The Metal Shredder and Lucky Strike. She is the former fiction editor of the Kenyon Review. Lee K. Abbott is author of seven short story collections, including All Things, All at Once: New and Selected Stories. His stories and book reviews have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times Book Review.

-Suzanne Warren, University of Cincinnati


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