Celebrated poet, fiction and nonfiction writer David Huddle will give a public reading at Converse College Tuesday, April 15 at 8 pm in the Barnet Room of the Montgomery Student Center. His visit is made possible by Converse’s Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Visiting Writer Series. For more information about his visit to Converse, call (864) 596-9000.
“The term writer is perfectly appropriate for David Huddle, a multi-genre writer who is an outstanding novelist as well as a highly accomplished poet and essayist,” remarked Rick Mulkey, Director of Converse’s Creative Writing Program and Associate Professor of English. “Huddle’s ability to fully inhabit character, language, music and landscape in his writing not only gives his audience a reading experience that is both accessible and complex all at once, but also an experience that sheds light and even glory into what is often a gray, shadowy world. If that isn’t enough, he’s one of the best teachers of writing in the country, and one that our students (and the Upstate community) will certainly benefit from speaking with and meeting.”
Huddle’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Shenandoah, The Oxford American, American Poetry Review and elsewhere. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, fiction and essays, including The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin), La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl (Houghton Mifflin), Summer Lake: New & Selected Poems (LSU) and Grayscale (LSU). LSU will publish his sixth book of poems, Glory River, in spring, 2008.
About Huddle’s most recent works, the Washington Post remarked that La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl is a “masterful novel…A truly remarkable piece of fiction.”
Huddle is professor of English at the University of Vermont. After serving in the US Army in Germany and Vietnam, he completed degrees form the University of Virginia, Hollins University and Columbia University. He is a frequent faculty member at the Breadloaf Writers Conference.