Renowned writer Vince Passaro to visit TTU on March 13

Veteran short fiction writer, essayist and book author Vince Passaro will present a talk, "Comments on the Literary Scene," at 7:30 p.m., March 13, in Tennessee Tech University's Bryan Fine Arts Building Auditorium.

Passaro's essays on literature, culture, politics and general interest topics have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The London Times, GQ, Esquire and Spy. His fourteen short stories published since 1990 been featured in magazines such as GQ, Esquire, Harper's Magazine, Open City, Story, Boulevard, New American Writing, Quarterly West, and others.

His debut novel, "Violence, Nudity, Adult Content: A Novel" (Simon & Shuster, 2002) received exceptional reviews. Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir said there was an unexpected sweetness to this "satire of paranoid post-Giuliani New York, [in which] a lawyer contends with a murderous client, a bisexual stalker and a wife who inexplicably hates him."

He has written more than 300 book reviews for publications including Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Bookforum and the Los Angeles Times.

Passaro now serves as director of foundation/corporate relations and special projects for The Corporation of Yaddo, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious artists' communities.

His experience includes guiding students in nonfiction and fiction writing and leading university workshops.   While on campus , Passaro will read part of his novel or a novel in progress. He will also conduct a workshop for a freelance writing class and a creative writing class.

As a TTU Center Stage event, Passaro's talk is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the talk.

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