7:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. The MFA in Creative Writing at Boise State University presents acclaimed author Chris Offutt. This reading is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Offutt is the author of one novel, two short story collections, and two memoirs, including his most recent book, “My Father, the Pornographer.” His works of fiction include “Out of the Woods,” “The Good Brother,” and “Kentucky Straight.” Honors for his work include Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, as well as a Whiting Award. Offutt is also a screenwriter, and has worked on the HBO drama “True Blood” and the Showtime Series “Weeds.” His writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and many other anthologies.
Offutt grew up in Haldeman, Kentucky, a former mining community of 200 people. At the age of seventeen, he dropped out of school with the intention of joining the army, but then failed the physical. He went on to attend college near his hometown, at Morehead State University, and later earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he has taught as a visiting faculty member. He now lives near Oxford, Mississippi, and teaches at The University of Mississippi. Tobias Wolff has called Offutt “one of the best writers of short fiction in his – or any – generation.”