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Frostic series features acclaimed novelist

March 6, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The next installment in the spring 2005 Gwen Frostic Reading Series is acclaimed novelist Diane Williams, who reads from her work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. All readings in the Gwen Frostic Series are free and open to the public.

Heralded as one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde, Williams' works of "flash fiction" have been praised for their distinctive ability to capture life, love, and contradiction in a single page. She has continued to forge her own innovative tradition with her most recent collection, "Romancer Erector," comprised of a novella and more than three dozen short stories. She is the author of three previous collections--"This Is about the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time and Fate;" "Some Sexual Success Stories Plus Other Stories in Which God Might Choose to Appear;" and "The Stupefaction"--from which she has garnered a large following. Co-editor of StoryQuarterly for 11 years, Williams is also the founder and the editor of Noon.

The final reading in the Spring 2005 Gwen Frostic Series is poet Herbert Scott, WMU professor of English and founder of New Issues Poetry and Prose, Thursday, March 24, at 8 p.m.

All readings in the series are presented in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at <arnie.johnston@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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