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UT’s Writers at the University Resumes this Week with Essayist

Published: October 04, 2011

The Writers at the University reading series at The University of Tampa resumes with a reading by fiction writer and essayist Peter Trachtenberg on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.

Trachtenberg is the author of The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown 2008), which won the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. Trachtenberg’s fiction, essays and reportage have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Bomb, A Public Space, Bidoun, O: The Oprah Magazine and The New York Times Travel Magazine.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Other upcoming readings, all of which are free and open to the public, as part of the Writers at the University series include:

  • Erika Meitner, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Meitner, a National Poetry Series winner, is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program. In addition to teaching creative writing, she has worked as a dating columnist, an office temp, a Hebrew school instructor, computer programmer, a lifeguard, a documentary film production assistant and a middle school teacher in the New York City public school system. Her newest title is Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011).
  • Tim Seibles, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at 7 p.m., in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Seibles has published five collections of poetry, and one of his poems was selected for The Best American Poetry 2010 anthology. He teaches in the English Department and MFA in Writing program of Old Dominion University.
  • John Blair, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 7 p.m., in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. A St. Petersburg, FL native, Blair has become the first Florida-born author to win the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. He is the director of the undergraduate creative writing program the Department of English at Texas State University. In 2002 he was the winner of the Drue Heinz Literature prize, the nation’s most prestigious award for a book of short stories, and his poetry, fiction and criticism have appeared in more than 70 journals.

For more information, contact Richard Mathews, professor of English and director of UT Press and Tampa Review, at (813) 257-3621 or