A.P.E.X. Events Presents Brian Evenson

Published: October 20, 2020 | Read Time: 2 minutes

APEX Events presents Brian EvensonA.P.E.X. Events is happy to welcome the celebrated and award-winning author, Brain Evenson to Southern Utah University. As he speaks about his literary journey, Evenson will present on what it’s like writing novels and stories in this spooky genre as we celebrate Halloween. Join A.P.E.X. Events on October 29 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center or live via Zoom. 

“What a great way to ring in Halloween," said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events. "Brian's writing has such an eerie atmosphere and surreal energy to it, and I can’t wait to find out more about his process. Happy Halloween!”

Evenson is an American academic and writer of both literary fiction and popular fiction, some of the latter being published under B.K. Evenson. His fiction is often described as literary minimalism but also draws inspiration from horror, weird fiction, detective fiction, science fiction, and continental philosophy. Evenson makes frequent use of dark humor and often features characters struggling with the limits and consequences of knowledge. He has also written non-fiction and translated several books by French-language writers into English.

He received degrees from BYU (BA) and the University of Washington (MA and Ph.D.). After leaving a teaching position at BYU, he held positions at Oklahoma State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Denver before being hired at Brown University. He was professor of literary arts at Brown from 2003 to 2015. Since 2016 he has taught in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts, both in the Creative Writing MFA program and in the Aesthetics and Politics MA Program.

Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Song for the
Unraveling of the World (2019), which was the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He has also recently published the collection A Collapse of Horses and the novella The Warren. His novel Last
Days won the American Library Association & ampos’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. Another
novel, The Open Curtain, was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award.
He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes, an NEA fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His
work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in
the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world. While on campus, guests are invited to interact with students and faculty in multiple ways, with opportunities to connect and network in vast areas of scholarship. All A.P.E.X. events are free and open to the public.

This semester, A.P.E.X. Event presentations will also be streamed live via Zoom. Join the event virtually at https://suu-edu.zoom.us/j/95861182001?pwd=U2NpZnhNR1NDMGtndWt0RVNSNEJLZz09

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