January 21, 2014 at 7:42 am

Fiction Writer and Poet Mark Brazaitis, Jan. 30

The Ohio University Creative Writing program presents fiction writer, poet, and essayist Mark Brazaitis in a reading Thursday, Jan. 30,at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

Mark Brazaitis

Mark Brazaitis

Brazaitis is the author of five books of fiction: The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award; Steal My Heart, winner of the 2001 Maria Thomas Fiction Award; An American Affair: Stories, winner of the 2008 George Garrett Fiction Prize; The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize; and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His book of poems, The Other Language, won the 2008 ABZ Poetry Prize.

Brazaitis’ short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Sun,PloughsharesWitnessConfrontationNotre Dame ReviewBeloit Fiction JournalPoetry InternationalPoetry East, and other magazines, and his journalism in The Washington Post and elsewhere. He is the screenwriter of the Cine Golden Eagle Award-winning Peace Corps video “How Far Are You Willing to Go to Make a Difference?”

His writing has been featured on “The Diane Rehm Show” as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Brazaitis is also the director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop, the fundraising committee chair of the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and the adviser to the WVU Figure Skating Club.

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