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National Book Critics Circle Award Winner to Give Reading at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Ithaca College will present a free public reading by essayist Eula Biss, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Her presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Biss’s most recent collection, “Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays,” won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In its review of the book, “Publisher’s Weekly” called Biss “an intense, sensitive author and journalist with a restless spirit and a whip-crack wit… Biss extrapolates a great deal about America’s complicated racial attitudes from her own experience — teaching in Harlem, living in a diverse Chicago neighborhood, watching the long, sad saga of Hurricane Katrina from Iowa.”

Biss is a founding editor of Essay Press, a small press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form. Her own works were published in the collection “The Balloonists” and have appeared in “The Best Creative Nonfiction” and the “Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction” as well as in “Harper’s,” “North American Review” and “Bellingham Review.” Currently an artist in residence at Northwestern University, where she teaches nonfiction writing, she has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, Illinois Arts Council Award and Pushcart Prize.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Jack Wang, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-3493 or