Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lee Gutkind to serve as judge for WAC creative writing fellowships in creative nonfiction

The judge for this year’s creative writing fellowships is Lee Gutkind.

Lee Gutkind is founder and editor of the popular journal, Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary journal to publish nonfiction exclusively. He is editor of Best Creative Nonfiction, an annual anthology, and author of Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know about Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction, both published by W.W. Norton. In all, Gutkind has written 15 books, and edited 18 collections and volumes in the past 25 years.

His newest book is Truckin’ with Sam: A Father and Son, The Mick and The Dyl, Rockin’ and Rollin’, On the Road, SUNY Press. Now in paperback from Bison Books is Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather, a memoir. His 2007 book Almost Human: Making Robots Think was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton and release in paperback last fall. During a Daily Show interview with Lee, Jon Stewart called Almost Human “a wild book — a crazy suspense story -- fascinating stuff!”

Lee Gutkind is currently the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.

At the Equality State Book Festival & Casper College Literary Conference Sept. 24-25, 2010, Lee will read from his work together with the three fellowship winners.

Applications will be mailed next week to all writers in Wyoming on the WAC mailing list. It also will be available next week on the WAC web site.

Postmark deadline is June 18.

For more information, contact Michael Shay, 307-777-5234 or mshay@state.wy.us, or visit the WAC web site at http://www.wyomingartscouncil.org/.