For release: March 1, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
The University of Memphis' River City Writers Series will host two events with writer,
poet, and novelist Floyd Skloot on Monday and Tuesday, March 17-18. Skloot will read
from his works on March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Jay Etkin Gallery, 409 South Main Street.
A reception at 6 p.m. will precede the reading.
On March 18, he will conduct an interview with students at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson
Hall, Room 456 on the U of M campus. Both events are free and open to the public.
Skloot's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, and many other publications. He contributes book reviews regularly to the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Book Review and the San Francisco Chronicle. Skloot has written 15 books, including the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory and A World of Light; the poetry collections The Evening Light, Approximately Paradise, and The End of Dreams; and most recently, the novel Patient 002.
His awards include the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Independent
Publishers Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, Oregon Book Awards in both Creative
Nonfiction and Poetry, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has three books due out this year
– Selected Poems: 1970-2005 from Tupelo Press, The Snow's Music from Louisiana State University Press, and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life from the University of Nebraska Press.
The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the U of M English Department, the Creative
Writing Club, Sigma Tau Delta, the Student Activities Council, Academic Enrichment
Funds, Public Service Funds, the Hohenberg Foundation, Deborah Talbot, and Friends
of the University Libraries. For more information, call 901-678-4692.