Newbury College Speaker Series Features Babson’s Michael Martin
On Wednesday, November 19, Newbury College will welcome writer Michael Gerhard Martin for a lecture as the second installment of its 2014-2015 Speaker Series. The event will open with readings from current students via a Creative Writing class taught by Assistant Professor Dr. Aaron Tillman. The lecture, which will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Mitton House Library on the Newbury College campus in Brookline, MA, is free and open to the public.
Martin teaches rhetoric at Babson College and fiction for the Johns Hopkins University Center Talented Youth (CTY) summer programs. A native of rural Pennsylvania, he received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in Junctures, Yawp!, and Three Rivers. He is the 2013 winner of Bayou Magazine‘s James Knudsen Prize for Fiction for his story “Shit Weasel is Late for Class.” Bayou Magazine is the literary journal of the University of New Orleans.
According to author Richard Hoffman, “Michael Gerhard Martin can make you wince and laugh and tear-up and cringe all in the same moment. The stories in this collection map the joy and cruelty and defeat and stoic perseverance of characters who hear, in their daily lives, burdens they only partly understand but carry with resilience and dignity. Each of these stories is an exquisite, pitch-perfect performance, and the people you meet in them will remain with you long after you finish this remarkable book.”