Author Michael Martone shares works at literary reading April 9

by University Communications,

Contemporary author Michael Martone will read selections from his recent work on April 9 as part of the Hallie Ford Literary Series.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library, the event is free and open to the public.

Martone will read from his books, “Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List,” “The Thoughts of Dan Quayle,” “The Blue Guide to Indiana,” “Michael Martone,” “Four for a Quarter,” and “Amish in Space.”

He says the audience can expect a wide array of topics at the reading — including immersion in electro-magnetic soup, a tour of an Indiana mayonnaise pipeline, skywriting, and Amish in space.

“I selected these works after careful consideration and profound thought, but mainly because they are mercifully short, stunningly incomprehensible, mildly offensive, purposely racy and entirely self-indulgent,” he says.

Author of more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, Martone is often cited as one of the most innovative writers of contemporary letters. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the “Pushcart Prize,” “The Best American Stories,” and “The Best American Essays” anthologies. He is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama.

The Hallie Ford Literary Series is organized by members of Willamette’s English Department. It features poets, novelists, short story writers and others, who are brought to campus each semester to meet with students and discuss the writing process.

For more information, contact Leslie Cutler at