April 05, 2017 9:15AM
Nationally acclaimed author Pam Houston will deliver a lecture and will read from her works at Pittsburg State University on April 10 and 11. Houston will deliver a lecture, “The Sound of My Own Voice,” at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, in 107 Grubbs Hall. She will read from her own fiction at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, in 109 Grubbs Hall. Both events are free and open to the public and a reception will follow each.
Chase Dearinger, an assistant professor of creative writing at Pittsburg State, said the university is fortunate to have a writer of Houston’s stature visit the campus.
“Houston explores female characters that are flawed, insecure, brave, and fiercely independent in a voice that’s empathic and flat-out funny,” Dearinger said. “She’s a gifted storyteller.”
Houston’s debut book, a short story collection entitled “Cowboys Are My Weakness,” was met with critical acclaim and quickly became a national bestseller. The collection was named a New York Times Notable book, won the 1993 Western States Book Award and has been translated into nine languages.
Her most recent book, published in 2012, is “Contents May Have Shifted.” She is also the author of the short story collection, “Waltzing the Cat;” the novel, “Sight Hound;” and a collection of essays, “A Little More About Me.”
Houston is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. Houston directs the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers, and is a professor of English at UC Davis. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
Houston’s visit to PSU is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Lecture Series, the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, the Student Fee Council, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.