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‘Wild’ Author Cheryl Strayed to Visit UW March 22

February 15, 2018
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Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed will speak at the University of Wyoming Thursday, March 22. (Joni Kabana Photo)

Cheryl Strayed, the best-selling author of the memoir “Wild,” will visit the University of Wyoming for a public lecture and book signing Thursday, March 22.

Her lecture, “A Wild Life,” will be at the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4 p.m. There are no tickets for this event; it is free and open to the public.

The book signing will be hosted by the University Store after the lecture in the Arts and Sciences Building lobby.

UW’s departments of English and Visual and Literary Arts, with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office, sponsor the author’s appearance.

“I hope this visit by Strayed attracts fans not just from UW and Laramie, but from all over the state and northern Colorado,” says Professor Brad Watson, program director for UW’s Creative Writing Program in the Department of Visual and Literary Arts. “Cheryl is a thrilling writer and speaker.”

Strayed also will participate in two question-and-answer sessions with students in English and creative writing during her visit to UW.

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“Wild” was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller and was adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie.

“Wild” was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller, chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of the book stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby.

Strayed also is the author of New York Times best-sellers “Tiny Beautiful Things” and “Brave Enough,” along with the novel “Torch.” Her books have been translated into 40 languages, and her essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House and elsewhere.

“Not only is ‘Wild’ a searing account of wrestling with her demons through her grueling solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, but her writing as ‘Dear Sugar’ in ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ contains some of the most empathetic literary engagements with human suffering you are ever likely to read,” says Peter Parolin, associate professor in UW’s Department of English. “We are lucky, indeed, to spend time with her at UW this spring.”

Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast “Dear Sugar Radio,” which originated with her popular “Dear Sugar” advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed received her Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Ore.

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