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The Lycoming College English Department will host a fiction reading by author Philip F. Deaver on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall as part of the College's Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing. The event is free and open to the public.
Deaver, a native of Illinois, has been writing about the Midwest for more than 35 years. His work has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology and been recognized in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories. He is also the recipient of the Flannery O'Connor Award and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. In addition to his short fiction, he has published a collection of poetry and edited an anthology of creative nonfiction.
Deaver resides in Florida and is a professor of English and permanent writer in residence at Rollins College. His work appears regularly in literary magazines.
The Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing is an endowed fund created by Lycoming alumna Diane Sweeney. Income from the endowment is used to bring distinguished writers in residence and practitioners to the College to address topics related to creative writing. Its goal is to promote discussion and exploration among students, faculty and the community.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.