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Award-winning fiction writer Chad Simpson to speak Nov. 12 at UW-Eau Claire

November 6, 2012
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Chad Simpson

EAU CLAIRE — The department of English and the English Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host award-winning fiction writer Chad Simpson Nov. 12.

Simpson will be featured during a question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. in the Hibbard Penthouse and will read from his works at 7 p.m. in the Ojibwe Room of Davies Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Simpson, from Monmouth, Ill., is the winner of the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award for his short story collection, "Tell Everyone I Said Hi." The series of 18 stories features Midwestern characters who prove that heartache is alive and well in the heartland.

As associate professor of English at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Simpson also is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council fellowship and the Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

His essays and stories have appeared in publications such as The Sun, Esquire, The Rumpus and American Short Fiction. Simpson's short fiction chapbook, "Phantoms," was published in 2010. Simpson's books will be available for purchase at the reading.

The event is supported by the Morris Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program.

For more information, contact B.J. Hollars at hollarb@uwec.edu.

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