Friday, May 24
Alumni Room, Old Main
Audrey Petty’s fiction and poetry have appeared in such literary magazines as Story Quarterly, The Massachussetts Review, Comarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, and African American Review. Her nonfiction has been featured in The Oxford American, Saveur, ColorLines, Cornbread Nation 4, The Southen Review, Gravy, and Best Food Writing 2006 anthology. High Rise Stories (edited by Petty & forthcoming this spring) is part of McSweeney’s Voice of Witness book series, and is both a crucial addition to Chicago’s social history and a portal to meaningful conversation about poverty, housing reform, and urban renewal in the United States. Petty is an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a Knox graduate, Class of 1990.
Following her reading, Petty will announce the winner of the Howard Wilson prize.