Tonight at 8pm, at Western NY Book Arts Center, Medaille College’s Write Thing Reading Series, in cooperation with the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair presents…

Progressive Fiction night, with authors Lance Olsen and Shane Jones

A pre-party reading kicking off the 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Introductions by Ted Pelton and Christopher Fritton

LANCE OLSEN is author of twelve novels, one hypertext, five nonfiction works, five short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and two anti-textbooks about innovative writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Village Voice, Time Out New York, BOMB, Gulf CoastMcSweeney’s, and Best American Non-Required Reading. Olsen is a Guggenheim and an N.E.A. fellowship recipient, winner of the Berlin Prize and a Pushcart, and former governor-appointed Idaho Writer-in-Residence. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His work has been translated into Italian, Polish, Turkish, Finnish, and Portuguese. He has taught at the University of Idaho, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, on summer- and semester-abroad programs in Oxford and London, on a Fulbright in Finland, at various writing conferences, and elsewhere. Olsen currently teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fiction Collective Two; founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America’s best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities. With his wife, assemblage-artist and filmmaker Andi Olsen, he divides his time between Salt Lake City and the mountains of central Idaho.

SHANE JONES (born 1980 in Albany, New York) is a novelist, short story writer, and poet. He is most known for his novel Light Boxes. The book was originally published in a small run of 600 copies by Publishing Genius out of Baltimore. The literary underground worked double-time to promote the book, which led to an interview in Bookslut, which led to the securing of the rights by Spike Jonze and subsequent pickup by William Morris Agency, who in turn marketed it to major publishing house Penguin Books and sold it to publishing houses across Europe.  Jones’s other books include the novels The Failure Six, (Fugue State Press, 2010), Daniel Fights a Hurricane (Penguin, 2012), and Crystal Eaters (Two Dollar Radio, coming out in June 2014).


468 Washington St. (@ Mohawk)

Downtown Buffalo

More about this weekend’s Buffalo Small Press Book Fair (at the Karpeles Museum on Porter Ave.) can be seen at

These events are free and open to the public, as well as being a mentoring event for Medaille College English majors.

See you there!



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