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Writers at the University Series Kicks off Oct. 1 with Matt Batt

Published: September 25, 2013

The University of Tampa will welcome author Matt Batt on Tuesday, Oct. 1, to open the 2013-2014 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.

Batt is the author of Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home, which follows Batt and his young wife through the task of renovating a crack house into their new home. Acclaimed author Steve Almond described the book as “an uproariously funny and deeply affecting account of home ownership and its discontents."

His fiction, creative nonfiction and reviews have appeared in Tin House, The Huffington Post, Mid-American Review, Another Chicago Magazine and numerous other journals and anthologies. Batt is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where he lives with his wife and son.

The event is co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and NEON Magazine. Future readings in the Writers at the University series are in the planning stages. For more information, contact Erica Dawson, assistant professor of English, at (813) 257-6311 or