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Canisius professor to participate in Library of Congress event

BUFFALO -- Eric Gansworth, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in- Residence at Canisius College, will participate in a reading and discussion at The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center in Washington, D.C., 4 p.m. May 10.

The event, entitled “Spotlight on Native Writers,” will also feature Native American fiction writers Linda LeGarde Grover and Stephen Graham Jones, in a reading and discussion moderated by award-winning Native American writer Deborah Miranda. The reading/discussion precedes the launch of Louise Erdrich’s 15 th novel, LaRose. Erdrich is the recipient of the 2015 Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction.

Gansworth, a writer and visual artist, is an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation. He was born and raised on the Tuscarora Reservation in Niagara County, NY. In the fall of 2016, Gansworth will be National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor of Native American Studies at Colgate University. His books include the novels, If I Ever Get Out of Here, Extra Indians, winner of the American Book Award; Mending Skins, winner of the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award; and Smoke Dancing; Indian Summers; collections of poems, Nickel Eclipse: Iroquois Moon and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function; and a collection of poems and memoir, Breathing the Monster Alive.

Gansworth’s next novel, Give Me Some Truth, is forthcoming. He is also a visual artist with numerous solo and group shows, and his books generally feature his visual art as integral parts of their narratives.

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