Literature Program
 


Thursday, December 2, 2004

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
UB English Dept.

Steve Tomasula

EXHIBIT X

Presented at:
Trinity Church

“In IN & OZ, Steve Tomasula writes as though the English language were his own invention. I'm far from certain he's wrong about this. But if we could still imagine a surrounding in which destiny lay within creatures and stones, or recognized the unconfinements of words, we might know fiction as he does. Next to being wholly new, IN & Oz is the best there is”
(R.M. Berry).
  EXHIBIT X presents a reading by
Steve Tomasula
Chapel, Trinity Episcopal Church
371 Delaware Ave., FREE

Steve Tomasula's short fiction has appeared widely and most recently in McSweeney's, Fiction International, and The Iowa Review where he received the Iowa Prize for the most distinguished work published in any genre. His essays on body art and culture appear in Leonardo (MIT Press) and other magazines both here and in Europe. He is the author of the novels IN & OZ (Ministry of Whimsy Press, 2003) and VAS: An Opera in Flatland (Station Hill, 2003/ University of Chicago Press, 2004).

Exhibit X is a co-presentation of Hallwalls and the UB English Dept., which funds the ongoing series. Writers are selected and introduced by Christina Milletti.

 
 
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