Posted by: gdevi | January 16, 2012

Spring 2012 LHU Women’s Studies Speaker Series: Lori Ostlund

The 2012 Women’s Studies speaker series will commence with a campus visit and reading by author Lori Ostlund on February 9 at the Hamblin Hall of Flags at 7pm. The reading is free and open to public.

Lori Ostlund’s first collection of short stories, The Bigness of the World received the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and was a Lambda finalist.Ostlund’s stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, the Georgia Review, Hobart, Prairie Schooner, and the Kenyon Review, among other publications. She is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference fellowship. She lives in San Francisco, though she is currently spending two years as the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Ostlund is currently completing work on her novel tentatively titled After the Parade, and a second story collection.

Originally from Minnesota, Ostlund has lived and traveled extensively across the world, and many of her stories reflect the complex symmetries and surprises of the domestic as well as the traveler’s perspectives, and that of the home and the world.

Lori Ostlund’s visit is co-sponsored by Women’s Studies, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the President’s Commission on LGBTQ, International Studies, the Office of Social Equity, the Office of Human and Cultural Diversity, and the English Department. For further information, contact Dr. Gayatri Devi at x2284 or

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