For release: January 24, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Allan Gurganus will open the University of Memphis’ 2011 spring River City Writers
Series with two events Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 and 8. He will read from his work
Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room. He will conduct an interview
Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456. Both events are free and open to
Gurganus’ works include essays, stories, novels, and novellas that have won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lambda Literary Award, and many other prizes.
His subjects range from Southern history to homosexuality and AIDS. Gurganus’ writing
has been anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Stories, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, and Best New Stories of the South.
His short works have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Oxford American, and Granta. Gurganus’ first novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A graduate
of Sarah Lawrence College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Gurganus has taught at both
places as well as at Stanford University and Duke University. He is working on a novel
titled The Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church.
The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Writing Program, the Creative Writing
Club, the Department of English, the Hohenberg Foundation, Student Event Allocation,
the Fellowship of Southern Writers, P.A.U.S.E. (Professional Assertive United Sisters
of Excellence), and Stonewall Tigers.
RCWS is the longest running reading series in the nation, serving the U of M and the
community since 1977.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-678-4692.