MICHAEL MARTONE (writer, literary trickster)
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (MU 202)
“My job as an artist is to confuse categories, to open states of wonder, surprise, and bafflement for the reader. [We] don’t make something new out of nothing—[we] take things we already know and rearrange them to create a new perspective.” – Michael Martone
Michael Martone's most recent books are Four for a Quarter, Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays, and Double-wide, his collected early stories. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies. Martone has won two fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
The MFA Reading Series, presented by the Creative Writing Program, brings notable writers to the ASU community for readings and discussions about writing and their literary works. All readings are free of charge, open to the public, and take place on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. Past readers include Ian McEwan, Richard Garcia, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis. The MFA Reading Series is co-sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
A great interview with Martone: asunews.asu.edu/20131105-mfa-reading-martone.