Author, Jazz Musician to Visit Southeast


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 17, 2005 — Fiction writer and jazz musician Tom Piazza from New Orleans will visit Southeast Missouri State University Nov. 2 for two events.

“An Afternoon with the Author” will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Crisp Hall auditorium. Piazza will discuss his writing and publishing experiences, in both fiction and jazz, in an informal setting with two faculty members in the Department of English, Susan Swartwout and Karen Carcia. He also will take questions from the audience.

A reading and book signing by Piazza is scheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Piazza will read from his acclaimed novel My Cold War and selections from his short story collection: “Blues and Trouble.” Piazza is the winner of the James Michener Award for Fiction and a Grammy Award for Best Album.

Piazza was born on Long Island and graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Known both as a fiction writer and as a music writer, his work has appeared in many magazines and other publications, including the New York Times, the Oxford American, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, the Village Voice, the Quarterly, Story, and American Short Fiction.

His books include the novel My Cold War (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, 2003), the short-story collection “Blues And Trouble” (St. Martin’s Press, 1996), which won the James Michener Award for Fiction, and The Guide To Classic Recorded Jazz (University of Iowa Press, 1995), which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing. His 1999 book True Adventures With the King of Bluegrass (Country Music Foundation/Vanderbilt University Press), a portrait of bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin, was a finalist for the Ralph J. Gleason Award.

For more information on Piazza’s visit, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout, publisher,Southeast Missouri State University Press, at or (573) 651-2641.