Author Michael Martone Speaking April 14 at Southeast

Michael Martone

Michael Martone

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 24, 2016 – Author Michael Martone will be the keynote speaker for the English Graduate Students Conference and will present a reading April 14 at Southeast Missouri State University.

His reading is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom A, and is free and open to the public.

Well known for his humor and his style of “altered biographies,” Martone is the author of more than a dozen books, such as the award-winning “The Flatness and Other Landscapes,” “Not Normal: Illinois,” and “The Blue Guide to Indiana.”

He is the editor of several anthologies, and currently a professor at University of Alabama. He has taught at Harvard University, Syracuse University and Iowa State University.

Martone’s stories have garnered many prizes, including the World’s Best Short, Short Story Contest. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the “Pushcart Prize,” “The Best American Stories” and “The Best American Essays” anthologies.

He has won two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

“Mr. Martone is often described as a regionalist, defining the Midwest as a ‘strange, imaginary place, with no distinct borders or boundaries,’” said Dr. Susan Swartwout, professor of English at Southeast.

A book signing will follow the event.

For further information about the event, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout at or (573) 651-2044.