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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Author to read from her works

The Pittsburg State University Distinguished Visiting Writers Series continues at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Timmons Chapel with a reading by Karen Stolz. Stolz, a member of the PSU English Department faculty, is the author of two novels, "World of Pies" and "Fanny and Sue." The reading is free and open to the public.

Stolz, who grew up in Atchison and Lawrence, said she fulfilled a lifelong dream to return to Kansas when she joined the PSU faculty last fall to teach creative writing.

Stolz received a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1982. She has had short stories and essay’s published nationally. "World of Pies," published in 2000, was her first published novel. The book was a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection and has been published in the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Australia and Holland.

Stolz's second novel, "Fanny and Sue," was published by Hyperion in 2003. It was the August selection for the Pulpwood Queens Book Club as well as the required summer reading pick for Ursuline Academy in St. Louis, where Stolz was a featured speaker.

Stolz has taught creative writing at Austin Community College, St. Edward’s University New College and at the Writer’s League of Texas. She was awarded a 1999 Fiction Fellowship from the Austin Writers' League/Texas Commission on the Arts, and was a fiction finalist for the 2000 Violet Crown Award. Currently Stolz is working on “Arvetta,” a book she is writing with Herman Wright, and a new related short story collection.

For more information about the PSU Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, please contact the PSU Department of English at 620-235-4689, or visit the department Web site at: http://www.pittstate.edu/engl/.

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