Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 16, 2005) - Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and best-known for writing novels of dark humor and spirituality, southern writer, Barry Hannah will speak twice to audiences at John Brown University. Hannah’s visit is part of the English departments Distinguished Writers Series.
Hannah’s first public engagement will be on Thursday, Sept. 22 in JBU’s 10:30 a.m. chapel service in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on JBU’s main campus. He will speak on his article in the “Oxford American” entitled, “Christ in the Room.” The public is invited to attend the chapel service in addition to a public reading and reception on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the JBU Administrative Dining Room (Chapman Administration Building).
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 titled “High Lonesome” received a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.
John Brown University is a private Christian university ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.