Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 23, 2004) - Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and best-known for writing novels of dark humor and spirituality, Southern writer Barry Hannah will speak during John Brown University’s 10:30 a.m. chapel on Oct. 7, 2004. The title of his presentation, is based on an upcoming Oxford American article, is “Christ in the Room.” The public is invited to attend the service in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on JBU’s campus. Hannah’s visit continues the Contemporary Writers Series sponsored by JBU since 1994, which has included Jewish writer Chaim Potok, African-America poet Gwendolyn Brooks, poet Donald Hall, and essayist and poet Kathleen Norris. Hannah graduated in 1964 from Mississippi College, and then from the University of Arkansas in 1966 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Hannah has earned several awards for his fiction, including the Bellman Foundation Award in Fiction, the Bread Loaf Fellowship of Writing, and the William Faulkner Prize for his first novel, Geronimo Rex, which also won a nomination for the National Book Award. His short story collection entitled High Lonesome received a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Hannah will also be the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Philological Association conference, sponsored by John Brown University, at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville on Friday, October 8. He will read an excerpt from his latest novel Long, Last Happy. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.