Author Eula Biss to give a reading on April 2 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

Author Eula Biss will give a reading for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 6:30 pm 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.

Biss 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.

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.”

Biss’ 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 an MFA 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.


Event and parking information:

This event, which is free and open to the public, does not require a ticket to attend. The reading will be held in the ZSR Library Auditorium (ZSR 404) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020. A brief reception and book signing will follow the reading. All are welcome!

Parking: If you are visiting campus for one day or less, you do not need to register with Transportation and Parking Services and are welcome to park in any general or visitor lot. Please refer to the parking map for clarification. Z. Smith Reynolds Library is building #7 on all campus maps.


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.

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