Author Garth Greenwell to speak on life in Bulgaria at Coe

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2016-03-10 09:50:37 - General

Garth Greenwell
Garth Greenwell

Author Garth Greenwell will present "Life in a Foreign Country: Bulgaria" on Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 6 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is sponsored by The Julie Ritter Streib Fund and the Coe Foreign Language Department. It is free and open to the public.

Greenwell is the author of "What Belongs to You" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2016). He is also the author of a novella, "Mitko," which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Prize and a Lambda Award.

During his Coe presentation, Greenwell will talk about his life in Bulgaria and how it influenced the writing of his masterpiece "What Belongs to You," a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences. With lyric intensity and startling eroticism, Greenwell has created an indelible story about the ways in which our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can shape who we are and determine how we love.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Greenwell holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an arts fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, StoryQuarterly and VICE. He lives in Iowa City, where he holds the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Fellowship at the University of Iowa.

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