Writer George Singleton to give reading at UCA

George Singleton, one of the most prominent short story writers in the country, will be an artist in residence at UCA today and tomorrow.

Singleton’s recently released novel is Work Shirts for Madmen, published by Harcourt. He is also the author of four collections of short stories: These People Are Us (2001), The Half-Mammals of Dixie (2002), Why Dogs Chase Cars (2004), Drowning in Gruel (2006), and the novel, Novel (2005).

He will read from his works and take questions today at 7:30 p.m. in Stanley Russ Hall Room 103. The event is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading. Singleton will also conduct a master class with UCA creative writing students tomorrow.

Garry Powell, one of the faculty sponsors for the residency, wrote in the application that Singleton is “a rising star and one of the foremost exponents of Southern fiction. He is also one of the greatest literary humorists alive, a writer known for giving remarkable live readings.”

Singleton, now on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, has taught English and creative writing at both the secondary and college levels. His stories have appeared in many of the country’s most prestigious magazines and literary journals, including Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Zoetrope, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review and Shenandoah.

The Artists in Residence program is funded through UCA’s arts fee and administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication.