Voltaire's Coffee: Matt Valentine, Program Coordinator & Instructor for Plan II Honors; Fall 2009


Fri, August 28, 2009 | This VC will be held on campus in the Joynes Suite, Carothers 007.

7:00 PM

The Bird Artist by Howard Norman, led by Matt Valentine, Program Coordinator and Instructor for Plan II Honors

About the book: My name is Fabian Vas. I live in Witless Bay, Newfoundland. You will not have heard of me. Obscurity is not necessarily failure, though; I am a bird artist, and have more or less made a living at it. Yet I murdered the lighthouse keeper, Botho August, and that is an equal part of how I think of myself. This book, Howard Norman's second novel, was a finalist for the National Book Award. In unadorned prose, Norman renders the landscape and citizenry of a tiny fishing community, and the extraordinary dramas of life there.

About the professor: Matt lives in Austin, where he teaches courses in photography and in creative writing for the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas. He received an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from New York University, where he was also a full-time staff member of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School for the Arts. His fiction has recently appeared in The Greensboro Review and The Madison Review. His interviews with notable writers appeared in Washington Square, where he was fiction editor in 2001 and managing editor in 2002. In 2003, he contributed several music reviews and feature stories to the Pittsburgh alternative newsweekly Pulp. Matt’s awards include 3rd Place in Playboy's college fiction contest, honorable mention in the Greensboro Review's Literary Awards, and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize.



Sponsored by: Plan II Students Association and Plan II Honors Program

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