Jessica Savitz Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts
Savitz’s debut collection, Hunting is Painting, is the recent winner of the inaugural Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize from Lake Forest College Press/&NOW. Sun Sun Sun published her chapbook Fire is the Statue with the Young Face in 2009. A graduate of Kenyon College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Savitz lives in Chicago with her husband.
Willy Vlautin Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Callen Conference Center, Smith-Curtis Classroom/Administration Building
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin has published three novels, The Motel Life (2007), Northline (2008) and Lean on Pete (2010). Vlautin also founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. Driven by Vlautin’s dark, story-like songwriting, the band has achieved critical acclaim at home and across Europe. Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon. An avid fan of horseracing, Vlautin can often be found writing behind a closed circuit monitor at Portland Meadows racetrack.
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