Feb. 23, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Danielle Evans, American short story writer and author of the critically acclaimed Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, will present a masterclass and reading at Illinois Wesleyan University on Monday, Feb. 26. The masterclass will take place at 4 p.m. in State Farm Hall Room 201 followed by a reading at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Auditorium of the Ames Library. Both events are free and open to the public.
Evans explores racial identity in a post-Civil Rights America in her works. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a National Book Foundation's "5 under 35” honoree. In 2011, she received a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction for her first book, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, a short story collection about mixed-race and African-American teenagers, women and men struggling to find a place in their families and communities.
Having written her first short story at age 23, Evans has been published in The Paris Review, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories 2008 and The Best American Short Stories 2010. She currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Evans’ visit is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, Tributaries and the Colwell Endowed Chair of English.
By Vi Kakares '20