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Writers at the University Series Kicks Off Sept. 20

Published: September 13, 2012
Michael Martone is best known for his “false biographies.”
The University of Tampa will welcome author Michael Martone on Thursday, Sept. 20, to open the 2012-2013 Writers at the University series. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery on campus and is free and open to the public.

Martone is best known for his “false biographies” — his 2005 book, Michael Martone , is a collection of fake contributor’s notes that were all published separately as true contributor’s notes in various literary journals. His most recent works include Four for a Quarter and Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins , collections of stories that walk the line between fiction and nonfiction. Martone is a professor of creative writing at the University of Alabama, where he has been teaching since 1996.

The Writers at the University series will continue on Nov. 6 with poet Rosalynde Vas Dias, who won the 2011 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry for her collection of poetry, Only Blue Body . Her poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review , Crazyhorse , New Orleans Review and The Pinch .

Future readings are in the planning stages. For more information, contact Jessica Vazquez in the department of English and writing at (813) 253-6216 or