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Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Schwitzer Student Center, Room 010
L/P credit available
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of four books, most recently the story collection Wait Till You See Me Dance. Her fiction and nonfiction appears in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, Tin House, the New York Times, and McSweeney’s. She received four Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Capital grant, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin, she also runs a creative writing program at the John B. Connally Unit, a penitentiary in southern Texas.
From the back cover of Wait Till You See Me Dance
“Wait Till You See Me Dance consists of several extraordinary longer stories as well as a selection of intoxicating very short stories. In the chilling ‘The First Full Thought of Her Life,’ a shooter gets in position while a young girl climbs a sand dune. In “Voltaire Night,” students compete to tell a story about the worst thing that ever happened to them. In ‘Stay Where You Are,’ two oblivious travelers in Central America are kidnapped by a gunman they assume to be an insurgent―but the gunman has his own problems.
“An Unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth’s unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.”
UIndy’s Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers series brings writers of distinction to campus for public readings and discussions. All events are free of charge.