Fiction writer Chad Simpson will present the first spring 2013 RopeWalk Visiting Writers Reading Series at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 28 in Traditions Lounge in University Center East.
Winner of the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, Simpson was raised in Monmouth, Illinois and Logansport, Indiana. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, The Sun, Esquire, Barrelhouse, American Short Fiction, and many other print and online publications. He is the author of a chapbook of short fiction, Phantoms, and the short story collection, Tell Everyone I Said Hi.
A recipient of an Illinois Arts Council fellowship in prose, Simpson is an associate professor of English at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he received the Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 2010.
The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Publications by Simpson are available for purchase at the USI Bookstore and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
Presented by USI's College of Liberal Arts, the RopeWalk Visiting Writers Reading Series is made possible through the support of Southern Indiana Review, USI Society for Arts and Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, and USI Student Writers Union.
For more information, call Nicole Louise Reid, director of the RopeWalk Reading Series, at 812/464-1916.