Novelist and poet Ellen Gilchrist will give a public reading at Converse College Tuesday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall. Her reading, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by an anonymous donor. For more information on this event, contact Sam Howie at (864) 596-9579.
Author of over twenty books of short stories, novels and poems, Gilchrist wins high praise from critics and mass audiences alike. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction and the Thomas Wolfe Award, Gilchrist has been declared “a national treasure” by the Washington Post for her works. She has received numerous other awards for her work, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Fiction.
Gilchrist has worked as an author and journalist, as a contributing editor for the Vieux Carre Courier from 1976-1979, and as a commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” from 1984-1985. Her commentaries from NPR have been published in her book Falling Through Space (1987, 2000).
The Mississippi native is a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Her novel War will be published in 2008.