Essayist and The Tusculum Review Advisory Board member Patrick Madden will read on the Tusculum College campus Monday, March 22.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Room in Niswonger Commons. Admittance is free and open to the public. Arts & Lecture credit is available for students.
Following the reading, Madden will announce his selections for this year’s Curtis-Owens prizes, an annual award to recognize the literary achievements of the college’s creative writing students.
Madden is the fourth “outside” judge for the competition, following Playwright David Muschell, Poet Sally Keith and Fictionist Kellie Wells.
Madden was raised in Whippany, New Jersey, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his B.S. in physics from Notre Dame in 1993, his M.A. in English from BYU in 1999, and his Ph.D. in English from Ohio University in 2004. He served a mission to Uruguay from 1993-1995 and later returned there as a Fulbright fellow from 2002-2003 to write his dissertation, a collection of travel essays.
His first book, “Quotidiana,” a collection of essays that won second place in the 2007 AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction has been published by the University of Nebraska Press. He has published individual essays in The Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, Portland Magazine and many other journals. In addition, several of these essays have been anthologized in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 and The Best Creative Nonfiction vol. 2.