The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages continues its Visiting Writer’s Series with award-winning author Constance Squires on Friday, October 12. Squires, a novelist and short story writer, will read from her works at 7 p.m. in the Cameron Exchange. The event is open to the public at no charge.
A native of Lawton, Squires’ debut novel, “Along The Watchtower,” won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction and was hailed as “a unique, compelling perspective on the dynamics of a military family, springing from the experience of someone who has been there,” by The Library Journal. “Along The Watchtower” is the story of quintessential Army brat Lucinda Collins, a bold, spirited girl who must come face to face with the sacrifices of her military family.
Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Dublin Quarterly, Identity Theory, New Delta Review, The Gingko Tree Review, Bayou, The Briar Cliff Review, The Arkansas Review, the Chiron Review and Eclectica.
Squires was awarded the 2007 Matt Clark Prize for Fiction by the New Delta Review, the 2004 Bob Shacochis Award for the Short Story, The Briar Cliff Review 2004 Fiction Award, among others. Recent nonfiction has appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, Largehearted Boy, and on the NPR program “Snap Judgment.” Scholarly work has appeared in The Philological Review, and she has also published a textbook for English Composition and Research. Squires holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate workshops in the short story and the novel for the M.F.A., M.A., and undergraduate programs at the University of Central Oklahoma.
October 8, 2012