Office of Public Affairs
Sept. 13, 2000
TWO NOVELISTS KICK OFF
LIVING WRITERS SERIES
OSWEGO -- Two novelists, a husband and wife, will be the first guests in the Living Writers Series of Oswego State's English Writing Arts Program. Daniel Woodrell will read Sept. 18, and Katie Estill will read Sept. 20.
Both sessions will be at 3 p.m. in Bell Auditorium, Room 213 of Hewitt Union on campus.
Woodrell is the author of six novels, including "Woe to Live On," which was which was recently made into the motion picture "Ride with the Devil," directed by Ang Lee ("Sense and Sensibility" and "Ice Storm") and featuring the singer Jewel in her first starring role.
His last three novels made the New York Times "Notable Books of the Year" list. "Tomato Red," published in 1998, won several awards and made Booklist magazine's "Twenty Best Books of the Year" list and a British magazine's list of top 10 novels of the year.
Woodrell was born in the Ozarks in 1953 but raised in St. Louis and Kansas City. He dropped out of high school to join the Marine Corps, roamed America and worked at jobs as a warehouseman and hot tar roofer. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and master of fine arts from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He received a James A. Michener Fellowship in 1984-85.
Woodrell will read from his most recent novel. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Estill's first novel, "Evening Would Find Me," has been praised as "flawless . . . sensual and erotic . . . haunting" by critics. She will read from her novel, the tale of an obsessive love affair between a man and two women, and will answer questions from the audience.
Estill lived in Greece for five years, where she traveled extensively. She has also tended bar in Europe, worked as waitress at Cleveland's Thistledown Racetrack, sold antiques in Eureka Springs, Ark., and designed jewelry in San Francisco.
She is a past recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and her stories have appeared in the Missouri Review and the Mid-American Review.
She earned her bachelor's degree summa cum laude at Kenyon College and her master of fine arts from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
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CONTACT: Brad Korbesmeyer, associate professor of English, 312-2150
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