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D’Agata Latest UW MFA Creative Writing Eminent Writer in Residence

February 1, 2012
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John D'Agata

Acclaimed author John D'Agata is this semester's first Eminent Writer in Residence in the University of Wyoming MFA Program in Creative Writing.

During his two-week residency this month, D'Agata will visit UW classes, consult on manuscripts with graduate students in creative writing, and discuss the writing life with the campus community.

He also will give a reading from his latest work, "The Lifespan of a Fact," Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Second Story Books, located at 105 Ivinson Ave. He will sign his book following the free reading.

D'Agata is the author of "About a Mountain" (W.W. Norton 2010) and "Halls of Fame" (Graywolf 2003). He also edited "The Next American Essay" (Graywolf 2002) and "The Lost Origins of the Essay" (Graywolf 2009).

"The Lifespan of a Fact" (W.W. Norton 2012) reproduces the extensive correspondence between D'Agata and Jim Fingal, a fact-checker for the monthly magazine, "The Believer."

Publishers Weekly describes "Lifespan" as "very apropos in our era of spruced-up autobiography and fabricated reporting," adding that "This is a whip-smart, mordantly funny, thought-provoking rumination on journalistic responsibility and literary license." The Kirkus Reviews suggests that "'The Lifespan of a Fact' will be eagerly devoured and loudly discussed by creative-nonfiction writers and readers who thrive on books about books."

For more information about D'Agata and Wyoming's Eminent Writer in Residence program, visit the MFA website at, email Gwynn Lemler at or call (307) 766-6453.

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