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Poetry-in-the-Round Host Award-Winning Fiction Writer Nathan Oates  

a photo of Nathan oatesPoetry-in-the-Round hosts award-winning fiction writer Nathan Oates on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Beck Rooms A/B/C of the Walsh Library.

Nathan Oates is the author of A Flaw in the Design (Random House, 2023). His debut collection of short stories, The Empty House, won the Spokane Prize.

Forthcoming in March 2023, A Flaw in the Design has already generated early praise by Alice McDermott, National Book Award winner and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, who calls it “an impressive debut,” and by acclaimed writers Christine Schutt, Julia Phillips, and Julia May Jonas, who calls A Flaw in the Design “a literary thriller of the highest order” and goes on to say: “Oates manages, with wisdom and insight, to explore the vulnerability of parenthood, the economic injustice of New York City, middle-age compromise, and the fallibility of storytelling, all while telling a heart-pounding tale that commanded my attention from the first sentence to the last."

Oates’s stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Best American Mystery Stories, and elsewhere, and he has been awarded a fellowship by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, among other honors.

He earned an M.A. from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He is an associate professor of English at Seton Hall University. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

About the Series:
Poetry-in-the-Round has brought some of the best contemporary writers from around the world to Seton Hall University for the past three decades. Some of those visitors have included Jennifer Egan, Susan Choi, Dinaw Mengestu, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Ben Lerner, Téa Obreht, Brandon Taylor, Parul Seghal, Elif Batuman, Christine Schutt, Heidi Julavits, Ben Marcus, Jenny Offill, Gary Shteyngart, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Karen Russell, Alexandra Kleeman, Helen Phillips, Major Jackson, Deborah Eisenberg, Susan Orlean, Jonathan Franzen, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Russell Banks, C.K. Williams, Nadine Gordimer, Jamaica Kincaid, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, and many others. The series has worked to bring established and up-and-coming new writers to the attention of Seton Hall students and the community.

Can't make it to this event? Poetry-in-the-Round is pleased to feature speakers throughout the academic year. Take a look at the schedule of upcoming Poetry-in-the-Round guest speakers below:

April 19, 2023 at 7 p.m.: Award-winning prose writer Courtney Zoffness, author of Spilt Milk, named a “must-read” by Good Morning America.

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