The School of Letters lecture series continues with Faculty Reading by Lee Conell and Chris Bachelder, at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, in Gailor Auditorium.
Lee is the author of the story collection “Subcortical,” which was awarded The Story Prize Spotlight Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and an American Fiction Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the Oxford American, the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Sewanee Review, Memorious, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has received creative writing fellowships from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and the Yiddish Book Center. She has taught writing at Vanderbilt University, SUNY New Paltz, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, and the Nashville Public Library.
Chris is the author of the novels “The Throwback Special,” “Abbott Awaits,” “U.S.!,” “Bear v. Shark,” and “Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography.” His short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including The Paris Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, The Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Mother Jones, The Cincinnati Review, and New Stories from the South. His novel “Abbott Awaits” was published in 2011. His acclaimed 2016 novel, “The Throwback Special,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. The book follows 22 men who meet each year to reenact the 1985 Joe Theismann football injury. Bachelder was awarded the prestigious Terry Southern Prize in 2016. He taught at New Mexico State, Colorado College, and the University of Massachusetts before joining the Creative Writing faculty of the University of Cincinnati in 2011.