A Tribute to Frederick Busch
Tuesday December 3, 2013
In this tribute to legendary author Frederick Busch, Elizabeth Strout, Benjamin Busch, Hilma Wolitzer, Stewart O'Nan, and Jill Bialosky came together to read from and discuss his work.
Jill Bialosky was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied for her undergraduate degree at Ohio University and received a Master of Arts degree from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her collections of poems are Subterranean (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001) and The End of Desire (1997). Bialosky is also the author of the novel House Under Snow (2002) and The Life Room (2007) and co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology Wanting A Child (1998). Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review among other publications. Bialosky has received a number of awards including the Elliot Coleman Award in Poetry. She is currently an editor at W. W. Norton & Company and lives in New York City.
Benjamin Busch is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer. He is the author of a memoir, Dust to Dust (Ecco/HarperCollins), and has published essays in Harper’s and The New York Times Magazine. His poetry has appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Florida Review, Mudfish and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others and has been awarded the 2013 James Dickey Prize for Poetry by Five Points and 3 Pushcart Prize nominations. He is a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and thedailybeast.
Stewart O’Nan’s award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone. Granta named him one of America’s Best Young Novelists. He lives in Pittsburgh.
Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine and New York City.
Hilma Wolitzer has taught in the writing programs at Columbia University, NYU, The University of Iowa, and at the Bread Loaf Writer's conference. She's received grants and awards from The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent novel is An Available Man.