Join the Department of English and the Organization of Graduate Student Writers through ASCSU, for the Creative Writing Program Spring 2012 Reading Series at Colorado State University. The series features special guests and faculty reading from a variety of styles and genres including fiction, poetry and essays.
This session features award-winning writer Lori Ostlund. Her first collection of stories, The Bigness of the World (University of Georgia Press, October 2009), received the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and was a Lambda finalist. The Story Prize named it a 2009 Notable Book, and the collection was included on the long list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the short list for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her stories have appeared in such journals as New England Review, the Georgia Review, Hobart, Prairie Schooner, and the Kenyon Review. In addition, three stories from the collection have been singled out for awards: “Idyllic Little Bali” received the $1,000 Lawrence Foundation Award for best story published by Prairie Schooner in 2009; “All Boy” was chosen by Richard Russo for inclusion in the 2010 Best American Short Stories”; and “Bed Death” appeared in the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.