The Agony and Fun of Fiction
Join us in a celebration of Bark , a new collection of stories (the first in fifteen years, since Birds of America) by one of America’s most beloved and admired short-story writers. With her singular wisdom and in her inimitable voice “fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial” (The New York Times Book Review)– Moore plumbs the public and private absurdities of American life in a heartrending mash-up of the tragic and the hilarious.
Lorrie Moore is author of Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Anagrams, and A Gate at the Stairs. Her short stories have frequently been reprinted in anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. After serving as the Delmore Schwartz Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for almost three decades, Moore has been named the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She has received numerous grants and awards, including: the Lannan Foundation, the National Books Critics Circle, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Brighde Mullins is a playwright, whose works include The Bourgeois Pig, Monkey in the Middle, Fire Eater, and others. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. She teaches in and directs the Master of Professional Writing (MPW), a multi-genre graduate creative writing program at the University of Southern California.
Frequently Asked Questions
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