Fiction Writer Scott Blackwood Conducts Reading at Lawrence University

APPLETON, WIS. — Award-winning fiction writer Scott Blackwood will conduct a reading of his work Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in Lawrence University’s Wriston Art Center gallery, 613 E. College Ave., Appleton. The event, sponsored by the Gordon R. Clapp Lectureship in American Studies, is free and open to the public.

A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Blackwood is the author of numerous short stories and two books. His latest novel, “We Agreed to Meet Just Here,” received an Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award in 2007. Texas Monthly hailed it as a showcase of Blackwood’s “talent for measuring and connecting the previously un-connectable in lived experience.”

“We Agreed to Meet Just Here,” set in suburban Austin, Texas, where Blackwood once lived, is a murder mystery with starkly drawn characters and a narrative that unfolds from all directions.

Over the past decade, Blackwood has earned critical acclaim for his writing. His short stories in the 2001 collection “In the Shadow of Our House” were described by The New York Times as being so honest “they capture the dapple of emotions and perceptions that cross the mind like sunlight and shadow on a river.”

Blackwood is an assistant professor of literature at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, where he directs the master’s degree program in creative writing.