Creative Writing Department Welcomes Award-Winning Author Matt Bell as Spring 2015 Visiting Writer

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Bell is the author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—Feb. 3, 2015—Award-winning author Matt Bell is visiting the Techniques of Fiction class at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) this February. He will also give a free public reading and Q&A at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in O’Shaughnessy Performance Space on campus.
Bell has received widespread praise for his debut novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (Soho Press, 2013). According to the publisher, the novel “is a powerful exploration of the limits of parenthood and marriage—and of what happens when a marriage’s success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence.” The work has earned Bell a Paula Anderson Book Award, an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year honor, and a Michigan Notable Book mention.He was also a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, among other notable recognition.

In addition to his 2013 novel, Bell is also the author of two other books, Cataclysm Baby (Mud Luscious Press, 2012) and How They Were Found (Keyhold Press, 2010), which according to Library Journal, “feature his distinct, syntax-bending style and subject matter that transcends genres.”

“Matt Bell is an innovative writer, not only in terms of the fabulous content of his work, but also in terms of his approach to electronic media,” said James Reich, a faculty member in the SFUAD Creative Writing Department. “As a former editor of Dzanc Books, Matt will bring exciting perspectives on writing and publishing to our students.”

Visiting Author: Matt Bell Reading and Q&A

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7:00 p.m.

O’ Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall, SFUAD Campus

1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe

This reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susanne Miller at 1-505-473-6200.

Bell’s work has appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Fantasy, and many other anthologies and publications. He currently teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

About SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department

The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design enables students to learn from and grow along with a core of published, award-winning authors. Dedicated students polish their literary skills and discover the right forms for their unique voice, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct public readings, work collaboratively, and inspire and be inspired by their peers. Annually, the Creative Writing and Literature Department publishes a student-edited and student-produced literary journal, Glyph, featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.

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