Big Tent” reading series

featuring Robert Baumann / Barry Barnes / Mary O'Connell


  • Categories: Literary, Poetry
  • Event posted: March 4, 2009
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Every month, three different writers with different styles will read under the same "Big Tent." Read our feature on Lawrence area poets.

From artist Mary O'Connell: Mary O’Connell’s short story collection, Living With Saints was published by Grove Atlantic and translated to French, Dutch and German. She is the recipient of a James Michener fellowship and a Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Sun, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, BrainChild, several literary magazines, and most recently in the anthology The Bigger The Better The Tighter The Sweater.

From curator Mary Wharff: The first things I notice about a story are voice, tempo and structure—or what I think of as the art of words. For me, a story is like a painting and each word, each sentence is a brush stroke, a color. Each event and character are the objects that make a painting complete. At the same time, I'm a soulful person and story matters. I want to read and write stories that satisfy my head and my heart. Before fiction, I slanted reality for corporations and not-for-profits. The pay was better, but not the payoff.


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