JEFFREY RENARD ALLEN
Reading from his new collection of short stories, HOLDING PATTERN
7 p.m. October 23 (Thursday)
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Union 236
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by PSU's Graduate Literary Organization
Jeffrey Renard Allen is the author of Holding Pattern, recently published by Graywolf Press, and the novel, Rails Under My Back (winner of the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize), as well as two collections of poetry. A Whiting Award winner, Allen is an associate professor at Queens College of the City University of New York.
Booklist recently wrote of Holding Pattern: "Subtly otherworldly, each tale is electric with the rising tension that proceeds stormy weather; each tale is a veritable boxing match, as characters trapped in impossible situations feint, jab, and retreat."