Southwest Virginia native David Huddle will be reading from his poetry and fiction at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
The public is invited at no charge, and there will be a book signing following the reading. The event is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment.
The body of Huddle’s published work includes 45 short stories, more than 120 poems, 25 essays, reviews, as well as reproduction of these in scores of anthologies. His books of poetry include Blacksnake at the Family Reunion (2012), Glory River (2008), Grayscale (2004) and Paper Boy (1979). His books of fiction include Nothing Can Make Me Do This (2012), La Tour Dreams the Wolf Girl (2002), The Story of a Million Years (1999) and Only the Little Bone (1986).
Huddle’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s and Best American Short Stories, among others. He has taught at The University of Vermont and Middlebury College and currently holds the 2012-2013 Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University.
Huddle received two NEA Fellowships in Literature, won the Lawrence Foundation Prize for short story and the James Wright Prize for poetry. His novel Story of a Million Years (1999) was named A Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review and A Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire.
Huddle served in Vietnam, and this experience is reflected in some of his work, such as "The Interrogation of Prisoner Bung by Sergeant Tree and Mister Hawkins" which first appeared in Esquire in 1971. It also appears in five anthologies, including "The Vietnam War in American Songs, Poems and Stories (1996). His work has also been included in anthologies of writing about the Vietnam War.
His connections to Virginia are visible in his honorary doctorate of humanities bestowed by Shenandoah University, being named 20th Century Virginia Author by the Library of Virginia and being a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
W&L’s Glasgow Endowment was established by the late Arthur G. Glasgow for the “promotion of the expression of art through pen and tongue.” In the past four decades the endowment has hosted authors including W.S. Merwin and Mary Oliver.
For information about the reading, contact Shenandoah at (540) 458-8908.