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WFU alumnus kicks off fall writers reading series

September 10, 2008

Wake Forest University alumnus and author Clint McCown will kick off the fall 2008 Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series with a reading and book discussion at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.  A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

McCown has published three novels, “The Member-Guest,” “War Memorials” and “The Weatherman,” and three volumes of poems, “Sidetracks,” “Wind Over Water” and “Dead Languages.”  He has received numerous literary awards, including the American Fiction Prize, which he has won twice, and the Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence for his investigations of organized crime.

He has also worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. Entertainment, as an actor with the National Shakespeare Company and as editor of several literary journals, including the Beloit Fiction Journal, which he founded in 1984.

McCown is a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he serves on the creative writing faculty and teaches fiction writing, creative nonfiction writing and literary journalism.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Wake Forest and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University.

The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series is sponsored by the Wake Forest English department.  For more information, call (336) 758-5383.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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