Author Sonya Huber to Give Reading in Working Writers Series

Sonya Huber, an author of several books of nonfiction and an associate professor of English at Fairfield University, will give a reading in the Working Writers Series on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rehm Library, Smith Hall. The event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and is free and open to the public.

Huber received her M.A. in public interest journalism from The Ohio State University in 2000. Her books include “Opa Nobody” (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), “Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir” (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), and “Two Eyes Are Never Enough: A Mininum-Wage Memoir” (Shebooks, 2014). “Cover Me” was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year, while “Opa Nobody” was shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. Huber also wrote the textbook “The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration” (Equinox Publications, 2011), for which she received the Silver Medal from Nautilus in 2012. Her work also appears in literary journals and popular magazines including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, and the Washington Post Magazine, among others.

The Los Angeles Times notes that “In every chapter, [Huber] weaves stories of her activist life with richly imagined scenes of her grandfather, reconstructing his life from anecdotes and documentary evidence. Most radically of all for a progressive activist, Huber embraces the past. Instead of tossing it all out in search of something new, she ties a firm knot between then and now.”

The Creative Writing Program will also host the following speakers this fall, as part of the Working Writers Series:

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 3 and 7 p.m. – Screening of “The Grief of Others,” a feature film based on a novel by Leah Hager Cohen, the Barrett Chair of Creative Writing, and directed by Patrick Wang. Discussion with the novelist and the director will follow each showing.

Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. – Reading by Rafael Campo, poet, essayist, and full-time physician.

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Panel discussion titled “Is Football Dead? Writings for and Against,” featuring Steve Almond, essayist, journalist and novelist, and Bill Curry, former NFL player, coach, and author.