Award-Winning Author Carole Maso to Present Reading
Feb. 12, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Contemporary American writer Carole Maso will present a reading at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Merwin Gallery of the Joyce G. Eichhorn
Ames School of Art building at Illinois Wesleyan University. Maso will lead a question-and-answer
session after her reading, which is sponsored by the Department of English.
A writer of fiction, essays, poetry and memoir, Maso’s books include Ghost Dance; Defiance;Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frieda Kahlo; Mother & Child and the prose poetry sequence Aureole. Maso is known for her experimental and fragmentary narratives, which are often called
postmodern. She has won numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the
Arts Literature Grant in 1988 and the Pushcart Prize in 1993.
A professor of literary arts at Brown University, Maso will read from her novel-in-progress,
The Bay of Angels, which she has described as “a war-inflected novel” that deals with “the extraordinary
and terrible beauty and sorrow” of the world in which she finds herself.
Prior to joining the faculty at Brown, Maso was a writer-in-residence at Illinois
State University and George Washington University, and taught at Columbia University.
She has received multiple fellowships, including the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts,
The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and The Karolyi Foundation. A native of New
Jersey, Maso graduated from Vassar College in 1977.