Writer Gabriel Blackwell featured as part of Hallie Ford Literary Series

by University Communications,

On Feb. 5, fiction writer Gabriel Blackwell will read selections from his works as part of the Hallie Ford Literary Series.

The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Blackwell will read from his novel, “Shadow Man: A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer,” and his collection of stories and essays, “Critique of Pure Reason.”

As a writer, Blackwell says that a literary reading is a chance to meet his readers and encourage more people to explore his work.

In addition, he says literary readings can provide readers with a deeper understanding of the author’s writings.

“A reading is a great opportunity to hear the intended rhythm of the writer's sentences or lines,” Blackwell says.

“To hear the writer read it, to know where the emphases are supposed to go — where I should be pausing and where I should not pause— that seems very valuable to me. It's a kind of tutorial in how to read the words on the page.”

Blackwell teaches fiction writing at Willamette University and serves as the book reviews editor of “The Collagist.”

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.

The next presenter is Oregon’s Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, who is visiting Willamette on March 13.

For more information, contact Leslie Cutler at lcutler@willamette.edu