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U of M's River City Writers Series Welcomes Robert Root Oct. 1 University News
For release: September 17, 2009

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Robert Root
Robert Root
Creative nonfiction writer Robert Root will visit the University of Memphis for two events in the River City Writers Series on Thursday, Oct. 1. Root will teach a master class at 2 p.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456. At 7 p.m. he will read from his work and sign books in the Mitchell Hall Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

Root is an authority on the genre of creative nonfiction, having written The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction, Landscapes With Figures: The Nonfiction of Place, and The Nonfictionist’s Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction. His most recent book is Following Isabella: Travels in Colorado Then and Now. His other works include Recovering Ruth: A Biographer’s Tale and E. B. White: The Emergence of an Essayist.

Root currently is the interview/roundtable editor for Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, one of the first journals devoted exclusively to literary nonfiction. He discusses creative nonfiction at creative writing and English education conferences, and has been a visiting writer and speaker in writing programs at colleges and universities around the country.

The River City Writers Series is presented by the U of M’s Creative Writing Club and Creative Writing Program. More information is available by phone 901-678-4692 or via email at

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