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Speakers: Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler
(March 28, 2007)

Richard J. Calhoun Reader

Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, was Clemson University’s 2007 guest in the Calhoun Reading Series for Fiction and Poetry. Mr. Butler read from his work Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. at Vickery Hall Auditorium. All were welcome, as there was no admission. Mr. Butler also lead a roundtable discussion for students/faculty interested in creative writing and publishing at 4:00 p.m. on the 28th in the Daniel Hall Studio. This was our major creative writing event of the year.

Robert Olen Butler is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, including the novels Mr. Spaceman and Fair Warning, and the story collections A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Tabloid Dreams, and, most recently, Severance. A Vietnam veteran, he has been recognized by the Vietnam Veterans of America for his outstanding contributions to American culture. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, for which he was awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, focuses largely on the experiences of Vietnamese immigrants living in Louisiana, where Butler taught for many years at McNeese State University. He now holds the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University, where he has taught since 2001. His short stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Esquire, Harper’s, Paris Review, and The Atlantic Monthly.

Severance cover image

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain cover image

Tabloid Dreams cover image