DePauw James & Marilou Kelly Writers Series www.depauw.edu/arts/kellywriters
Thompson Recital Hall, Green Center for the Performing Arts
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Award-winning novelist and short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell, called "an original American voice" by the Los Angeles Times, is the Spring 2017 Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing. Campbell was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction for her short-story collection American Salvage, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, and was named one of that year's top six books by the Kansas City Star. Once Upon a River, published in 2011, was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award and was deemed "vivid and mesmerizing" by Entertainment Weekly. Her most recent work, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, was published last year. The world of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s fiction is a place of unremitting struggle," began a New York Times review of Campbell's newest book. Emily Eakin wrote, "Her characters tend to be so awash in troubles – drug addiction, alcoholism, poverty, injury, disease, broken marriages, sexual abuse – that survival becomes, by necessity, their main occupation. Like the women in her stories, Campbell’s prose can be watchful and viscerally alive." Campbell teaches fiction at Pacific University in Oregon and at Western Michigan University.