Eula Biss will give a reading for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in the ZSR Library Auditorium (404). The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a brief reception and book signing.
Bliss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction and chosen by Mark Zuckerberg for Facebook’s Year of Books; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists.
A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity, Salon called Notes From No Man’s Land, “the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the 21st century…. It provokes, troubles, charms, challenges, and occasionally hectors the reader, and it raises more questions than it answers. It is strident and brave in its unwillingness to offer comfort, and, unlike all but a handful of the best books I have ever read, it is unimpeachably great.”
Bliss’ work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s.
The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, named after the founder of Wake Forest University Press, brings to campus established and emerging fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction each year to give literary readings and visit creative writing workshops in the Creative Writing Minor and other courses at Wake Forest. The literary readings are followed by a book signing and reception.