English and Journalism

Rick Bass

Rick Bass, Spring 2008

Tuesday March 18: Question and answer session at 4:00pm in 027 Simpkins Hall.

Wednesday March 19: Fiction reading at 7:30pm in the WIU Art Gallery with a reception to follow.

Rick Bass, writer and environmentalist from Montana was this spring's Case Writer-in-Residence. Bass is a prolific writer, known for his short story collections, of which he has published several, most recently The Lives of Rocks and The Hermit's Story. He has written numerous novels and essays and his book-length memoir Why I Came West will be published this summer. He has also written nonfiction books, usually as a wilderness advocate, including The Ninemile Wolves about the reintroduction of the wolf to its native habitat in and about grizzly bears in The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Colorado's Lost Wilderness. Bass is a passionate voice for wildness and wilderness issues in North America, particularly those involving in his home range, the Yaak Valley in northern Montana.

Bass visited WIU the week of March 17. He met with individual students about their writing and visit classes, such as English 340, American Nature Writing. Bass met the public on two occasions: A Question and Answer session on the Craft of Writing and Environmentalism on Tuesday March 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Simpkins, room 27, and a Fiction Reading on Wednesday March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the WIU University Art Gallery followed by a reception. Both events are free and open to the public. These events are sponsored by the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Endowment of the Department of English and Journalism.

For more information call 309-298-1103.

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