Reading: Michael Martone, Valerie Sayers, Joyelle McSweeney, and Kelcey Parker


Location: Hammes Bookstore


Michael Martone, Valerie Sayers, Joyelle McSweeney, and Kelcey Parker all read at the Hammes bookstore on October 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Martone's most recent books are Four for a QuarterNot Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the FlyoverRacing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays, and Double-wide, his collected early stories. Michael Martone, a memoir in contributor's notes, Unconventions, Writing on Writing, and Rules of Thumb, edited with Susan Neville, were all published recently. He is also the author of The Blue Guide to Indiana, published by FC2. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. With Robin Hemley, he editedExtreme Fiction. With Lex Williford, he edited The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. Martone is the author of five other books of short fiction including Seeing EyePensées: The Thoughts of Dan QuayleFort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's ListSafety Patrol, and Alive and Dead in Indiana. He has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest. His stories and essays have appeared inHarper'sEsquireStoryAntaeusNorth American ReviewBenzeneEpochDenver QuarterlyIowa ReviewThird Coast,ShenandoahBomb, and other magazines.

Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds the MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University.

Martone has won two Fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His stories have won awards in the Italian Americana fiction contest, the Florida Review Short Story Contest, the Story magazine Short, Short Story Contest, the Margaret Jones Fiction Prize of Black Ice Magazine, and the first World's Best Short, Short Story Contest. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart PrizeThe Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies.

Michael Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988. He has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University.