The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages continues its Visiting Writer’s Series by welcoming short story author Michael Nye on Friday, November 8. Nye will read selections from his work at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Nye's debut short story collection, “Strategies Against Extinction,” contains nine stories about people who find themselves at difficult turning points in their lives – times when they are faced with hard choices, broken promises, and the fear of self-destruction. These diverse characters include a war veteran turned radio broadcaster, a film projectionist, a second-generation comic book store owner, a vascular surgeon at one of Boston’s premier hospitals, an ex-baseball player turned financial advisor. The stories in this collection are startling and realistic evocations of the lives of memorable characters, told with rich observation, energy, compassion, and grace.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nye has a B.A. in English from the Ohio State University and a M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared or is forthcoming in Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review, New South, Red Cedar Review, Sou’wester, and South Dakota Review, among many others. His work has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
November 5, 2013